ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Imagine taking your dog on a walk and then being shot by an angry motorist.
St. Petersburg Police said it happened to Peter Harbachuck as he and his wife took their golden retriever out on 88th Avenue North.
"It's very disconcerting to know that my husband could have been killed just like that," said Annie Harbachuck.
Police said a bullet from a .45 caliber gun grazed Peter's knee.
It happened around 7 p.m. Friday just two blocks from their home.
"The police officer said if you are going to be shot, that's the best area to be shot in considering the force of the gun," said Peter.
The Harbachucks said while on that walk, another dog approached their dog, Bella, and she escaped from her leash.
"At the same time, a black pick up truck rolled up. I said ‘Please, I just want to get my dog. I don't want my dog to get hit.’ The girl started screaming," said Annie.
Peter, who said he served in the Navy, tried to diffuse the situation.
"The girl was completely hysterical," he said.
But then the Harbachucks said the woman's boyfriend got out of the truck and walked right over to Peter.
"He came over and pulled a gun to his head and Peter says you don't have to do this. It doesn't have to turn out this way. He never said a word and pointed the gun at his stomach," said Annie.
Peter said before he knew it, he was shot.
"I really didn't expect him to shoot. I thought he would get back in the truck and everything would be calm," said Peter. “I didn't anticipate him to pull the trigger, by no means. It could have happened to you. It could have happened to anyone. It was just that random.”
Police said the best hope of catching the suspect will be a tip from the public.
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