Missouri woman shot in face by neighbor's stray arrow

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 27, 2011 4:03 PM
Missouri woman shot in face by neighbor's stray arrow

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - An 80-year-old Missouri woman enjoying a chocolate doughnut at her kitchen table was hit in the face by a stray arrow apparently shot by a neighbor honing his archery skills, police said on Wednesday.

The woman, great-grandmother Margaret Shofner, calmly pulled the arrow out of her jaw on Tuesday morning and put it on her table. She did not require hospitalization and wasn't sure at first what hit her.

"I pulled (the arrow) out and laid it on the table. That's when I realized what it was," Shofner said, telling her story to local television not long after the Tuesday morning incident.

"Who would have thought an arrow was going to come into your house and hit you," Shofner said. Her face was swollen and bruised but otherwise she was unharmed.

Police in the north St. Louis suburb of St. John, Missouri, found nearby resident Robert Joiner, 26, still practicing his bow and arrow shots an hour after the shooting and was charged with second-degree assault and armed criminal action, Capt. J.R. Morris of the St. John police said.

Police said Joiner was practicing archery with a compound bow when the arrow apparently bounced off the hay bale he was shooting at and crashed through Shofner's window. He was released on $25,000 bail.

(Writing by Bruce Olson, editing by Cynthia Johnston)