Police identify fishermen shot at Millersville pond Help sought in locating hunter who apparently wounded the two men

October 08, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Police have identified the men who were shot and wounded, apparently by a hunter, as they fished Monday at a pond near an upscale Millersville neighborhood. The victims are Rob Martin, 23, and John Mirowski, 44, both of the 8300 block of Westside Drive in Millersville, police said yesterday.

Martin remained in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was treated for wounds to his back.

Mirowski was treated for wounds to his right leg and hip, and released.

Police said the two were fishing about 6: 30 p.m. at a pond behind Shipley's Retreat, a subdivision under construction off Veterans Highway, when they heard a shotgun blast and were struck by buckshot.

"When we were hit, it knocked us right off our feet," Mirowski said yesterday.

Shortly afterward, a shotgun-toting man in his 40s with a graying beard and a hunting vest approached Martin and Mirowski and told them that he would call for help.

But when one of the victims took out a cellular phone to dial 911, the hunter left, police said.

Police said a 1970s Chevrolet Impala was seen leaving the area a short time later, but police are not positive the car is connected with the incident.

Natural Resources Police spokesman Richard McIntire said the hunting season is open for squirrels and mourning doves, both of which could have been in the area.

Hunters have been known to use small buckshot to hunt those animals at close range, but the pellets should not injure a human when shot from a distance, McIntire said.

Police did not have a detailed description of the hunter, but they asked that anyone with information call 410-222-8610.

Pub Date: 10/08/97

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