Woman attempting to shoot groundhog accidentally hits man fishing at park


The Maryland Natural Resource Police are investigating an incident of a bullet that grazed a man in the shoulder on Sunday afternoon. 

According to police, a 61-year-old woman was shooting a groundhog in her backyard, which borders the Smithsburg Lions Community Park.

The woman missed and the bullet ricocheted across the water and struck a 28-year-old man who was fishing. 

Officials said there doesn’t seem to be any issues with limitation, however the shooter is responsible for anything in background, like in this case, the park.

However, under state law, residents can hunt groundhogs year round because they are an unprotected species.

“If you are groundhog hunting or shooting in general, just know what your target is and have safe backdrop and know what is behind it,” said Sgt. Bradley Lowe, a police officer with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 

The investigation is still ongoing. 

Fines and charges are pending the investigation of the hunting accident. 

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