PageRob wrote:Okay, I see we have three people who said they have been shot at on trail. I was one - I was shot at by people protecting a meth lab/trailer in Chino Valley. What are the other stories?
I'm another. I've had three incidents, one of which was in AZ. Some yahoos were shooting up cactus in Lost Dutchman State Park, apparently oblivious to the fact that their line of fire crossed a trail. There was a slight berm along the trail, so I dropped down and crawled past them on my belly.
Another incident happened when I was running on a county road near home. It's a suburban road that goes through wooded hills with a few clusters of houses and a few giant hobby farms. Just after a sharp bend the road enters a tunnel under an abandoned railroad grade. Just as I rounded the bend to enter the tunnel, a deer poacher (out of season, trespassing, and illegally close to houses) fired at me from the railroad grade. He must have been shooting at motion and pulled up when he realized I wasn't a deer, because it went well over my head. I was wearing electric blue running clothes at the time.
The most recent incident happened in a state park near my home, a small section of which abuts a small, historic suburban neighborhood. As I passed almost certainly unseen, some idiots in that row of houses began firing semiautomatic or automatic weapons from their back yard into the park, hitting a large oak tree I happened to be passing. The bullets were hitting high up, so I ducked behind the trunk and some nearby rocks while sticks fell on me. I was pinned down for about 20 minutes, during which time I figure they fired about 200 rounds. After it was quiet for a while, I dashed out of there as quick as I could go.
Except for the poacher, I'm sure none were intentionally targeting me. I also think it's interesting that in all three cases I was at a distinct tactical disadvantage, such that being armed myself would have been of no real use. It's also not surprising that none of those involved were using their firearms in a safe and legal manner.