Know Your Backstop, Parma Man
Accidentally Shot from Half Mile Away

By Dean Weingarten. January 28th, 2018
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In October, 2016, two men were target shooting in rural New York. They were sighting in rifles for the upcoming deer season. They could see about a thousand feet, but there was no obvious backstop on the flat ground. They had two .308 Winchester rifles, a Del-Ton AR, and a pistol. It was about 4 p.m.

Almost half a mile away, unseen, Kevin Flannery was mowing a lane on his property. A picture taken a year later shows tall ground cover on either side of the lane. Flannery could not be seen from the position of the shooters. Flannery apparently moved in and out of the "beaten zone" of the rifle shooters as they zeroed in their rifles. The bullets traversed tall grass and weeds before reaching the lane Flannery was mowing.

Flannery's mower, then Flannery were hit. Flannery was critically wounded. It took months for him to recovery after being hit with a high powered rifle round. He lost 40 pounds while recovering after surgery in the hospital. From

PARMA, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Police have arrested two suspects in relation to a shooting in Parma that happened on Tuesday.

Police responded around 4:45 p.m. to Moul Road for a report of a man who was shot in the abdomen while working on his property... .......

This is a salutary example of a safety infraction which illustrates all too well aspects of our recent article "Firearms - Security, Theft and Safety"on 1/24/18. The event was not an accident - it was negligence. Ignorance of rule #4 "know your target and what is beyond", has also in the past lead to hunting injuries where carelessness has caused tragic results. Be responsible and shoot safe.

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