2 hunters cited in shooting

Jan 31, 2011

Two local goose hunters have been cited in the Jan. 19 shooting that injured an office worker in the parking lot of a northeast Lancaster County business.

Richard Allen Case, 56, of South Cocalico Road, Denver, and Sean Michael Sanderson, 25, of Lititz Road, Manheim, are cited with one count each of shooting at or causing injury to a human being while hunting, and violating a safety zone.

Investigators could not determine which of the two men shot the pellet that struck the woman, but both had fired in her direction, said Cheryl Trewella, a spokeswoman for the Game Commission’s southeast region.

“She was hit with a pellet, and both of them fired,” Trewella said.

Causing injury to another human while hunting is a first-degree summary offense, and carries a fine of up to $1,500, two years’ hunting license revocation and mandatory remedial hunter-trapper education certification.

Violating a safety zone is a third-degree summary offense, and carries a fine of up to $500.

The citations were filed by Wildlife Conservation Officer Derek Daly before Magisterial District Judge Nancy G. Hamill in Stevens.

It is illegal to fire a weapon within or into an area 150 yards around any building without permission.

The victim, identified as 45-year-old Lisa Messner of Denver, was struck in the eyelid by a pellet, allegedly when goose hunters fired in her direction, Game Commission officials said.

Messner was in the parking lot of Cocalico Biologicals, at 449 Stevens Road in East Cocalico Township, when the incident occurred, police said.

The hunters were shooting in a nearby field about half a mile south of Denver Borough, investigators said.

Messner was treated at Lancaster General Hospital. It appeared the pellet didn’t penetrate her eyelid..

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