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Laughter - thwack! - then blood: Did golfers target couple in canoe?

Woman fishing on Shields Lake was hit in the head by a golf ball. Forest Lake police want to talk to four men who left the scene.

By ABBY SIMONS, Star Tribune
Last update: May 20, 2010 - 7:00 AM

Forest Lake police are searching for four young men who may have intentionally shot golf balls at a couple in a canoe, striking a woman's head as she fished with her husband.

The 49-year-old woman was struck in the back of her head at 7 p.m. Sunday on Shields Lake, along the 15th hole of the Forest Hills Golf Club. Forest Lake Police Chief Clark Quiring said police arrived to find her in extreme pain and bleeding. She was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where she received stitches. She still has headaches and a large goose egg.

Quiring said the husband reported seeing four males in their late teens to early 20s wearing white baseball caps and appearing to hit golf balls toward the lake. He reported hearing a splash, then laughter, then the sound of a club hitting another ball. Just then his wife yelled that she was struck, and the men left quickly in two golf carts.

Quiring said police are looking for anyone who may have seen the young men on the course or may know who they are. The golf club reported to police that no one had checked out golf carts during the period coinciding with the crime. The private golf club is surrounded by houses, so it's possible the culprits drove the carts home, Quiring said. The club assured police it will speak to members, and police are quizzing staff at Forest Lake High School about possible leads.

Quiring said that the culprits, if they hit the woman on purpose, could be charged with disorderly conduct and assault. First, however, police want to speak with them.

"If it was an accident, we want to know who did it," Quiring said. "The people in the canoe felt it was aimed at them, but we have not talked to anybody else. There may be a plausible explanation. We just don't know who it is."

He asked anyone with information to contact Forest Lake police at 651-464-5877.

Abby Simons • 612-673-4921


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