Golfer Hit By Errant Gunfire Near Hemet Course Expected To Make Full Recovery

HEMET (CBSLA.com) — Police say a man playing at a Hemet golf course may have been hit by errant gunfire from someone shooting nearby.

Officers responded to the Hemet Golf Club at 7575 World Cup Avenue just after 6 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a call that a 47-year-old man had possibly been shot on the course, according to police.

Witness told investigators they heard gun shots coming from hills in the unincorporated area of Juniper Springs, west of the golf course, just before the victim fell.

The victim also told officers that he had heard what sounded like gunfire coming from the hills for several hours before he was struck in the leg.

Paramedics treated the victim as officers formed a perimeter around the area where the shots were believed to have emanated. After searching on foot and from the air, no suspects were found, police said.

Authorities say the victim was transported to a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

On Thursday, CBS2’s Randy Paige spoke to golfers who frequent the course.

Blair Frosaker plays the course twice a week and said he’s heard gunfire once.

Denise Rivera lives right behind the fairway past the second tee.

“The most we’ve heard is like four,” she said.

One course employee told Paige that residents of Juniper Springs often take target practice in the nearby hills and the sounds of gunshots is common.

Rivera is concerned that the gunfire is too close to home.

“I’m kind of nervous. I have kids running around here and pretty much open torwards the golf course area so, just concerned,” Rivera said.

Porsha Smith is pregnant and lives next to the golf course, too.

“This golf course is really calm and quiet —  you see a lot of older couples and I’ve never even knew it could be a problem like that. But thank you for bringing it to my attention because it’s close you know, it’s home,” Smith said.

Shooting in non-designated areas can result in felony charges of recklessly discharging a firearm, as well as other allegations.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call Hemet Police at (951) 765-2400.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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