Horse riders narrowly miss passing bullet

“We have a gun range for reason,” said Cynthia Paterson. “People should use it and learn to shoot responsibly.”

  • Aug. 1, 2011 8:00 p.m.

People need to be more careful with guns, says Cynthia Paterson.

The local mother reports that her daughter, Kaylee Paterson and her friend, Kennedy Ash, were riding on Kaylee’s horse Twister last Wednesday evening along Sunshine Valley Road near their home.

The two 13-year-olds heard two loud gunshots from the bush, followed by the zing of a bullet passing nearby and then the sound of a ricochet off the pavement.

The bullet passed within a few inches of Kennedy’s arm, said Kaylee Paterson.

Twister, a six-year-old quarter horse gelding, spooked but didn’t panic. It ran down the road. The girls were afraid to return home, in case they were shot at again.

The riders had gone out at about 7 p.m. When they hadn’t returned by 9 p.m., Cynthia Paterson drove out to find them.  Once she located them she escorted them with her car back home.

She then called the police.

This isn’t the first instance where people riding horses were concerned by nearby shooting, according to Paterson.

Cathy Sauer and friends had a similar experience a few days earlier while riding near Camp Two Road, she said.

“We have 16 4-H members, aged 13 to 16, who ride that same road twice a week,” said Kaylee Paterson. “It’s very scary that they could be shot at too.”

“We have a gun range for reason,” said Cynthia Paterson. “People should use it and learn to shoot responsibly.”

 

 

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