Story By Bart Pfankuch
PARRISH ‹ A boater whose engine wake turned over a canoe on the Manatee
River Sunday afternoon was shot in the buttocks after one of the canoeists
fired a gun in retaliation for being swamped, authorities said.
The incident happened around 5:15 p.m. Sunday near the Fort Hamer boat
landing on the north bank of the Manatee River near Parrish when the boat
swamped the canoe and turned it over, a sheriffs report said. It was not
clear if the swamping was intentional, the report said.
Afterwards, witnesses told deputies that one of the canoeists fired a shot
or two in the direction of the boaters, striking 20-year-old David Mays in
EMS officials were already at the landing for an unrelated incident so they
treated Mays before taking him to Manatee Memorial Hospital. Authorities
intend to test the bullet to provide evidence in the case; three suspects
were listed in the report as possible shooters.
A police dog searched the area for a weapon but did not find one. Mays
injury was not life-threatening, the report said.