Saturday shooting on Falcon Lake attributed to 'pure stupidity'
Falcon Lake was a popular water sports destination until it became associated with piracy and drug-trafficking related violence.
January 22nd, 2011
08:16 PM ET

Saturday shooting on Falcon Lake attributed to 'pure stupidity'

Foul play is not suspected in the Saturday shooting of a fisherman on Falcon Lake, a waterway straddling the U.S.-Mexico border known for piracy and drug trafficking-related violence, the Zapata County Sheriff in Texas said.

Falcon Lake made national headlines last year as the place where American David Hartley was last seen. His wife claims he was shot in the head while they were riding their Sea-Doo watercraft and his body has not been found.

On Saturday, however, "pure stupidity" was to blame for a fisherman being shot on the lake, not criminal activity, Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez said.

A fisherman on the U.S. side of the lake heard shots coming from land, Gonzalez said. Under the impression that the shots were the result of someone target practicing, the fisherman decided to get closer, Gonzalez said.

"A guy was target practicing on land. The fisherman was shot in the arm from gunfire coming from the U.S. side. It was just pure stupidity," he said.

The fisherman was airlifted to safety, Gonzalez said. No one has been arrested in the incident.

soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. eric

    It frightens me!!!

    January 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. eric

    Get the gun and take her down! Time for more target practice.

    January 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. billllyh

    Air flighted because he got shot in the arm?..........what a whimp

    January 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @Cynthia...well excuuuuuuuuuuuse me.

    January 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tomcat

    @Cesar....You are excused. No harm, no foul.....

    January 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. myklds

    The only stupid thing that the fisherman did was, he gave the the target shooter a closer target. Good thing that the latter was a novice and still (slightly) missed the target, he hit the arm instead of the head.

    @the authors...I would like to emphasize that although the fisherman was from the "US border" and the gun shot was from the "US side" it doesn't necessarily mean that the shooter was a US citizen and not an illegal imigrant.

    January 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
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