Report: Neighbor shoots toward church

| October 22, 2011

The man who was shot while shooting skeet at a church Thursday evening remained in intensive care on Friday morning following emergency surgery. The man accused of firing the shot that hit the man — and several other shots as well — has been charged with committing a felony that could have caused death.

The man's first explanation was that shooting was something he had done for fun in the past, but he later said he fired his gun to try to get the skeet shooters to stop.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office said Robert Matthew “Matt” Judah, 36, received a gunshot to the abdomen while he and others were shooting skeet outside the Forest Grove Baptist Church southwest of Alachua at 22575 NW 94th Ave.

Following a three-hour standoff with Patrick Allan McCall, 71 — who lives across the street from the church at 9306 NW 226th St. — deputies arrested him and took him to the Alachua County jail.

In an arrest report, Deputy Heather Phillips provided details of the incident that she got from witnesses.

“Members of the church were shooting skeet on the south side of the property in a southerly direction. There was a lull in the shooting as they reloaded their shotgun when (a witness) heard a succession of shots and saw Matt (Judah) go down saying he had been shot.”

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