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Police: Man Puts Bullet Hole In City Tower Holding A Million Gallons Of Water

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Two Pinellas County sheriffs (L) discuss a crime with other investigators.  (credit: PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images).

Two Pinellas County sheriffs (L) discuss a crime with other investigators. (credit: PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images).

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DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Florida man they say opened fire on a golf course and hit a city water tower.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies say 49-year-old Mark Fitzgerald told them he was searching for his lost dog Tuesday morning and had a high powered rifle and handgun with him in case he encountered coyotes. Deputies said Fitzgerald fired several rounds from his golf cart. Deputies say Fitzgerald also appeared intoxicated.

Authorities say he hit a water tower which holds about a million gallons of water. Water has apparently been draining from the bullet hole.

The city is working to repair the damages.

Fitzgerald was charged with felony criminal mischief, discharging a firearm, and use of firearm while under the influence.

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