Maui golfers fight back against pellet shooter

Peters shot in the arm; suspect taken into custody

Published  5:14 PM HST Apr 22, 2013
KAHULUI, Hawaii -

At the Maui Country Club in Sprecklesville, shots are heard regularly.

But on Sunday, it wasn't the crack of a golf ball that had members wielding their clubs.

"A person in our group who's a retired Vietnam captain said, 'He's shooting at us.  He's shooting at us,'" said golfer Paul Peters.

Gunfire coming from the woods and Maui police say the shooter was targeting golfers!

Police tell us the suspect fired pellets at seven of the club's members near the course's first hole.

"You could hear the discharge of the rifle," said Peters.  "He was saying he was going to kill us.  He was trying to hurt people."

Witnesses say the suspect hid in a makeshift fort covered with kiawe brush and repeatedly shot at them.

But, instead of ducking and running, the golfers decided to take matters into their own hands.

They ran toward the danger, trying to keep the shooter from escaping.

"In between his shot and reloading, I tried to get closer to him and he shot me in the right arm," said Peters.

Peters later learned that the pellet lodged 1.5-inches into his bicep would be tough for doctors to remove.

But, despite his injury, he and the other golfers held on until the police arrived.

"He was shooting at the police as they were coming in and he shot one of the officers," said Peters.  "This guy fought like an angry ferret.  He had to be tasered a bunch of times."

Police say they tried to taser him , but missed.  Still, after a scuffle, they were able to bag him and perhaps save his life.

"That gentleman is very lucky.  The police showed incredible restraint by not shooting him," said Peters.

The golfers say this wasn't the first time someone's been shot at and they wanted to put an end to the situation.

The suspect remains in a hospital for observation.

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