Sunday September 9, 2012
Golfer shot in Nevada after ball smashes window
RENO: A Nevada golfer was shot and wounded after his stray ball struck a home, smashing a window and angering the resident inside.
Police arrested a man in connection with the shooting which allegedly took place on the 16th hole of the Reno area golf club.
Jeff Fleming, 53, is charged with battery and assault with a deadly weapon in the incident at the Lakeridge Golf course.
Police said a man exited his home on Thursday after one of his windows was broken and approached two golfers with a shotgun before the alleged shooting took place. The other was not injured.
The injured golfer was treated and released from hospital.
Law enforcement officials also evacuated the golf course after the shooting.
Fleming, who turned himself in, was released on bail.
A entrenched gun culture and lax firearm laws have contributed to a series of mass shootings in America over the past few years.
A Bill Clinton-era federal ban on assault weapons was also allowed to expire in 2004.
On July 20, 12 people were killed and 58 injured when a gunman opened fire at a Colorado movie theatre during a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises“.
In 2004, there were 29,500 people killed by guns in the United States of which 40% (11,600) were homicides.
About 150 people are killed on average annually by handguns in Canada and less then 40 in Japan. — AFP