Golfer hit by ricocheting bullet after man tries to shoot groundhog on his property

LOMIRA, Wisc. — An 80-year-old golfer was accidentally struck by a bullet intended for a groundhog in Lomira, Wisconsin Monday.

Law enforcement officials are describing the event as an accidental shooting. When a 50-year-old man was shooting at a groundhog on his property, one of several rounds that he fired hit a tree and then struck the golfer while he was on the course at.The Golf Club at Camelot, according to WITI.

The golfer was taken to a nearby hospital and his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The Dodge County Sheriff, Dale Schmidt, urged people to be cautious when using firearms.

"When shooting firearms, it is always very important to know your target and beyond. Firearms are capable of shooting long distances and it is always necessary to have a backstop that can sufficiently stop a bullet from traveling beyond that which is desired," Schmidt told WITI.

Police are still investigating the incident.

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