A fisherman on Percy Priest Lake in Tennessee heard shots ring out from the nearby boat launch and feared for his life.
In a sad and ironic twist, Robert Bogdal was on Percy Priest Lake for a fundraising tournament to help increase the reward for information in the unsolved murder of Gregg Hawkins, a Rutherford County fisherman that was murdered when he interrupted a burglary in progress at the Mona boat launch in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Bogdal was on the lake fishing when a copper colored Dodge showed on the boat ramp at Smith Springs Public Use Area and began to fire shots at the water.
After the first volley, Bogdal turned around to see a vehicle parked at the end of the launch, only to watch someone in the passenger side fire several more shots.
Bogdal said, “It looked pretty intentional to me.”
Bogdal was quoted as saying that it was just too much of a coincidence and that he was utterly shocked by the incident.
Though it’s unknown if the shooting is related to the Hawkins murder, investigators have collected the spent shell casings following Bogdal’s statement: “The person shot at me and fired four or five times across the channel using the water.”
Even though the fisherman did not know Hawkins all that well, he felt it important to support the deceased man’s family saying, “It could have been me.”
After talking with officials, Bogdal returned to the lake and continued taking part in the fundraiser.
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