Arrest in shot by arrow case

March 20, 2009 4:58:03 AM PDT
Police have arrested a man they say accidentally shot a woman with an arrow on a Bronx street.

Eric Collins was arrested Thursday on charges of reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon in the bizarre episode Sunday in the tranquil Riverdale neighborhood.

The New York Police Department's chief spokesman, Paul Browne, says the 27-year-old Collins was moving into his grandparents' former Riverdale home and fired off an arrow into a fence.

Browne says the arrow went through the fence and hit Denise Delgado-Brown in the stomach. She was hospitalized but has since been released.

"I thought that maybe somebody had hit me with a baseball," she said during an interview earlier this week. "It just happened so quickly. I just couldn't believe it." The 51-year-old was wounded on Sunday as she stepped out of her car while dropping a friend off after church.

She was rushed to St. Barnabas Hhospital where she underwent two hours of surgery.

Police combed the scene for clues, trying to figure out where the arrow originated.

"The arrow itself, I am told, is called a Black Hawk 4000 and it can travel up to 1000 yards, so that's the area we are looking at," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Police also describe the arrow as carbon with a blunt tip commonly used for target practice, not hunting.

The archery expert at Frank's Sports in the Bronx stresses it can still be dangerous.

"Carbon arrows are a little bit more expensive than aluminum. They travel faster, but anything can be deadly," Eric Mounier said.


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