A man in Golden Gate Estates found out just how big of a pain doing the dishes can be after authorities say a bullet flew through the kitchen window, hitting him in the arm on Sunday night.
Just after 6 p.m., Collier County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the 3400 block of 22nd Avenue Southeast to find a man sitting in the garage with a gunshot wound to his upper right arm.
Russell Collin, 51, of Connecticut, told deputies that he was standing in the kitchen at the sink washing dishes when he heard a loud pop and then felt a sharp pain in his right shoulder, according to an incident report. He said he lifted the sleeve of his shirt and a bullet fell out, hitting the kitchen floor.
He said he knew he was shot when he saw the wound and blood on his arm.
“A person was in the backyard doing target practice with a small caliber rifle and one of the rounds went through the window of the neighbor behind them,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said.
No arrests have been made. The names of the suspects were redacted from Sheriff’s Office reports.
The homeowner, Kerry T. McEnaney, who is Collin’s brother-in-law, said he is “not at liberty to discuss everything right now.”
“There is something else ongoing with this,” he said.
McEnaney also told deputies that on Saturday afternoon, while he was working on his driveway, he heard a large number of what sounded like firecracker sounds and pinging noises all around him. He also heard “wisping sounds” flying by his ears, reports said.
He told the deputies that he thought it might have been gunshots, but he dismissed it and went back inside his house to do chores.
Sunday’s shooting is believed to be accidental, authorities said. However, an investigation is ongoing.