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MAY 29 — A Georgia man was arrested last week after allegedly shooting at a pair of fishermen competing in a bass tournament who drifted close to his own fishing lines, injuring one in the arm.

The two fishermen were pushing up the OconeeRiver near Greensboro, Ga., when they noticed a group of fishermen on the riverbank, news reports say. One man, who was older and wearing overalls, apparently raised a rifle and fired two shots at their boat to warn the men to stay away from his fishing lines. The third shot struck one of the boaters in the arm.

One of the men “showed me a dime-sized hole under his left arm and handed me a small-caliber bullet that he stated came out of the hole,” a Green County Sherriff’s Office deputy says in a report. The man injuries were not life-threatening, according to authorities.

After the shots were fired, the boaters sped off until they found cell phone service and called for help, news reports say. Authorities apprehended the shooter, who is 86 and of Madison, Ga., at his home. He was booked on aggravated assault charges.

Jason Fell