Published: Jan 02, 2011 2:39 AM EST
Updated: Jan 01, 2011 11:39 PM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Manatee County man was apparently injured by some celebratory New Year's Eve gunfire.
      
The sheriff's office says 36-year-old Robert Benafield of Bradenton was in his backyard just before midnight Friday when he felt a pain on his right side near his hip.
      
When he got inside, he realized he had been shot.

Deputies say a bullet entered about two inches above Benafield's hip and traveled down about five inches.
      
Benafield told deputies that he had heard gunfire as part of a New Year's celebration.
      
The sheriff's office said Saturday that Benafield was treated at a hospital and released.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)