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Bullet narrowly misses driver in Grant County

GRANT COUNTY (WKOW) -- The Grant County Sheriff's Department arrested a man it says nearly shot another driver.

71-year-old Thomas Welp of Dickeyville was arrested on a charge of recklessly endangering safety. Officers say additional charges are pending.

Deputies say Welp told investigators he was shooting at a red-tailed hawk in a tree along Highway 61 and was unaware he had hit a vehicle.

The bullet hit an SUV driven by a 40-year-old woman from Lancaster. Four children were inside. No one was hurt.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was able to recover a dead hawk at the scene.


GRANT COUNTY (WKOW) -- Officials are investigating how a bullet nearly hit a woman who was driving in Grant County.

The Grant County Sheriff's Department says deputies responded to the report of a gunshot near the Platte River Bridge between Dickeyville and Potosi around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Officials say a 40-year-old Lancaster woman was driving on Highway 61 when a shot was fired from a pickup truck that was parked on the side of the road.

Authorities say the driver pulled over and contacted police. That's when the truck pulled away.

Officials found a bullet hole in the woman's driver's side door. Four children were in her SUV at the time of the incident, but no one was hurt.

Officials describe the truck as a forest green, 1980's-1990's style Ford F150 extended cap, pick-up truck, with a topper. The pick-up truck is further described as being in good shape with little rust and possibly having had a silver stripe lengthwise, or possibly two-tone in color (silver over green). The driver was wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses.

Authorities searched the area for the truck, but could not find it. The sheriff's office says this incident remains under investigation, and at this time officials do not believe the woman was the intended target in this incident.

If anyone has information regarding this incident they are asked to contact the Grant County Sheriff's Department at 608-723-2157 or Grant County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-789-6600.

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