An up-Island man in his 70s was target-shooting on Crackatuxet Beach in Edgartown Wednesday afternoon, but was unaware of a person fishing approximately 250 yards away.
According to Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee, the man was shooting at a small target in the direction of the Edgartown Great Pond, and could not see the fisherman because he was not in his immediate line of sight.
“It did not appear that the target shooter had a line of sight that would have made him aware of the fisherman’s presence,” McNamee said.
McNamee said the target shooter is a registered gun owner in Chilmark, and he had written permission from the property owner to shoot there.
“As far as we can tell, there was no criminal intent, but this is still under investigation,” McNamee said.