“This is the second time that our facility has been shot at…”
PHOENIX (FOX 10) — There were some scary moments for volunteers with the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, after they say they were shot at Sunday.
Sheriff’s officials are investigating, but volunteers are on edge, wanting to know why they are being targeted. Sunday was not the first time the volunteers came under fire. A similar incident happened in September, and even though those men are now behind bars, the group still wants to know why the dangerous threats continue.
“This is the second time that our facility has been shot at,” said Simone Netherlands.
“It ricocheted off some metal. It happened rather quickly this time I yelled duck,” said a volunteer, who did not want to be identified.
Volunteers are unsure why anyone would target the rescue, which sits along Beeline Highway.
“I have no words for the experience being shot at,” said the volunteer. “It’s very unbelievable that it happened twice.”
“It’s not going to stop us from doing what we do and protecting wild horses, but it’s certainly scary for our volunteers, knowing that we’re getting gunned at from the highway,” said Netherlands.
Just last month, seven wild horses were found shot dead in the Heber area. Volunteers hope it’s not related.
Volunteers are hoping they can get some surveillance cameras on the property for at least some protection. Meanwhile, anyone with information on who may be responsible should call the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.