A hiker shot at South Mountain Park in February had been on a maintained trail just south of a public shooting range, the man's lawyer says.
Garvey Biggers A sign next to a trail used by hikers at South Mountain Park, and downrange from a shooting club, appears to be scarred by a bullet hole.
The bullet passed through the right leg of Thomas Sawyer, 35, and lodged in his left thigh. He's recovering. But his lawyer, Garvey Biggers, warns the range's proximity to hiking trails is a danger to all park visitors. He supplied the above photograph of a city warning sign, reportedly taken from a few feet away on the Max Delta Trail. It appears to be scarred by a bullet hole.
"He went down like a bighorn sheep," Biggers says of Sawyer, who's hired him to look into the situation.
Phoenix police seem to support the notion that the trail, which a report on the incident states is open "for anybody to hike on" poses a hazard because it's down-range from shooters.More »