The man and his son frequently collect cans to pay for new fishing lures, the woman said, but their outing Sunday took an ugly turn when they reached County Road 55. The family pulled over when they spotted a can near a mailbox in front of a home situated about 300 feet from the road, the woman said.
As the woman was waiting nearby and the boy was sheltered on the other side of their vehicle, a man emerged from the home and began yelling at them to leave, the woman said.
When the woman noticed the man was armed, she sprang into action.
“I said, ‘Jesus Christ, he’s got a gun,’” she said. “I said, ‘go, go, get out of here.’”
The family jumped in their vehicle and began to speed off, but not before the angry gunman allegedly fired a shot at them.
“We started moving, and all of a sudden I hear this ping,” she said.
The bullet pierced the rear bumper. The woman provided the Register a photo of the bullet hole in her car.
Deputies later told the family the man would be charged criminally, the woman said. The deputy’s report did not indicate if the alleged gunman has been charged yet.
“You don’t just shoot at someone,” the woman said. “That’s insane. Insane.”
Fearing for her family’s safety, the woman asked not to be identified.