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New York State man shot dead with bow and arrow in abandoned country club

In one of the most bizarre headlines so far this week, police say a man suffered chest injuries after an old acquaintance shot him with a compound bow and arrow. But there seems to be much more to this story.

Authorities say the victim was staying at an abandoned country club where he stored both personal property and items believed to have been stolen. It is unclear how long he has been there and how his relationship with the alleged shooter has deteriorated.

The police are investigating the case further.

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WBNG says the alleged bow and arrow attack happened early Tuesday morning in the town of Binghamton. According to police, upon arrival, two suspects were seen fleeing in a black sedan. WBNG says New York State Police located the vehicle nearby, but the two suspects fled on foot. A perimeter was set up, and the two 21-year-old suspects were taken into custody, officials said.

The sheriff’s office said one of the suspects knew the victim and ambushed him at the abandoned site after their friendship fell apart at one point.

What was on the abandoned site?

Police say the victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said the empty club was quite a warehouse, as they came across five rifles, a sawed-off shotgun, a BB gun and two handguns. Police said they also found a number of items believed to have been stolen, including a chainsaw, dirt bike and other property.

Another New York State man lays an arrow on the side of the house

Remember that story from 2020? A 28-year-old upstate man who was practicing using a bow and arrow got more than he bargained for after his practice session went wrong. Seneca Falls police say the man was practicing target shooting one afternoon in October 2020, when “equipment malfunction” fire the arrow. Instead of hitting the intended marked target, the arrow went into a house wall. Police say once they arrived after a complaint they found the arrow “embedded in the exterior wall of a house.”

It is not known if anyone was in the house when it happened. Although we can only imagine the shock if you were sitting in your living room, minding your business, and an arrow suddenly came out of nowhere and shot through one of your walls. It probably wouldn’t be very pleasant.


The Fayette NY man ended up being arrested, according to Police say there is an ordinance (146-4) in the town of Seneca Falls that prohibits the use of any bow within the old village limits. The man was charged with discharging firearms and weapons.

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