PA: 2 hunters cited in shooting
2 hunters cited in shooting
Jan 31, 2011
Two local goose hunters have been cited in the Jan. 19 shooting that
injured an office worker in the parking lot of a northeast Lancaster County
Richard Allen Case, 56, of South Cocalico Road, Denver, and Sean Michael
Sanderson, 25, of Lititz Road, Manheim, are cited with one count each of
shooting at or causing injury to a human being while hunting, and violating
a safety zone.
Investigators could not determine which of the two men shot the pellet
that struck the woman, but both had fired in her direction, said Cheryl
Trewella, a spokeswoman for the Game Commission's southeast region.
"She was hit with a pellet, and both of them fired," Trewella said.
Causing injury to another human while hunting is a first-degree summary
offense, and carries a fine of up to $1,500, two years' hunting license
revocation and mandatory remedial hunter-trapper education certification.
Violating a safety zone is a third-degree summary offense, and carries a
fine of up to $500.
The citations were filed by Wildlife Conservation Officer Derek Daly
before Magisterial District Judge Nancy G. Hamill in Stevens.
It is illegal to fire a weapon within or into an area 150 yards around
any building without permission.
The victim, identified as 45-year-old Lisa Messner of Denver, was struck
in the eyelid by a pellet, allegedly when goose hunters fired in her
direction, Game Commission officials said.
Messner was in the parking lot of Cocalico Biologicals, at 449 Stevens
Road in East Cocalico Township, when the incident occurred, police said.
The hunters were shooting in a nearby field about half a mile south of
Denver Borough, investigators said.
Messner was treated at Lancaster General Hospital. It appeared the pellet
didn't penetrate her eyelid..
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