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.
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