A 60-year-old man was hit by an errant bullet while he was at a golf course in Lantzville last Thursday.
A 60-year-old man from Ladysmith is recovering after he was hit by what is believed to be an errant bullet fired by a target shooter.
According to Nanaimo RCMP, at around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, the man was finishing up a round of golf at the Winchelsea View Golf Course in Lantzville when he felt a sudden sharp pain in his lower calf. A group of golfers helped the man off the course. The injured man drove himself home. He later went to the hospital in Ladysmith where X-rays revealed a bullet was lodged in the man's calf. The bullet was removed and the wound was dressed. The man is expected to make a full recovery.
Mounties spoke to residents who lived near the golf course and there were reports of gunshots throughout the afternoon when the golfer was hit. Const. Gary O'Brien with the Nanaimo RCMP said there is nothing to indicate the man was targeted and the bullet may have been fired by one or more people practising shooting in the adjacent rural area.
"Next to the course there are a lot of undeveloped areas and our members did some inquiries and found there were sporadic gun shots throughout the afternoon so somebody was probably target practising but the bottom line with firearms is you've got to know your background. You have got to use safety," O'Brien said.
O'Brien also said it is unlawful to discharge a firearm within 100 metres of any building.