Man arrested in Bronx arrow shooting

NEW YORK - (AP) - A man accidentally shot a woman in the stomachwith a 30-inch arrow when he fired it at a fence and it wentthrough to the property next door, police said Thursday. Eric Collins, 27, was arrested Thursday on charges of assault,reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon in thebaffling incident last week in the tranquil Bronx neighborhood ofRiverdale, said Paul Browne, the New York Police Department'sdeputy commissioner for public information. Collins wasn't aiming at anyone, and Sunday's shooting wasbelieved to be accidental, Browne said. The arrow hit Denise Delgado-Brown, a traffic court officer insuburban Yonkers, as she dropped off fellow parishioners afterchurch. She later said she thought a baseball slammed into her. She was hospitalized but has since been released. Collins was moving boxes from his old home in Yonkers to hisgrandparents' former apartment in Riverdale, where he planned tolive, Browne said. Police believe Collins had about a half-dozen arrows and shotone into the white fence, a relatively short distance. It wentthrough the fence and ricocheted up, hitting Delgado-Brown as sheescorted people to the nursing home next door, police said. Collins, a plumber, was being held at a police stationhouse inthe Bronx. No one immediately returned messages left at possiblephone numbers for him in Riverdale and Yonkers, and police didn'tknow his lawyer's name. Investigators canvassing the area Thursday afternoon came acrossCollins while he was walking two or three dachshunds. He appearednervous when they inquired about the incident, and agreed toaccompany officers to the station, Browne said. Collins had been questioned by investigators shortly after theaccident but denied having anything to do with it, police said. Heapparently realized his involvement after reading media reports. Police said the carbon aluminum arrow was a type used for targetpractice and capable of traveling more than 300 yards.

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