Man Charged with Hunting Deer in a Walmart Parking Lot

He wasn't hunting for bargains.

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Christian Murdock / Colorado Springs Gazette / MCT ZUMAPRESS.com

A deer jumps through a fence along U.S. Highway 24 while escaping the Waldo Canyon Fire on June 24, 2012.

Arcangelo Bianco Jr. wasn’t at Walmart to hunt for bargains. Instead, the Pennsylvania man has been charged with hunting deer in the parking lot of the super store, the Indiana Gazette reports this week.

Bianco allegedly spotted the 10-point white-tailed deer while running errands on Nov. 26, 2012 in Blairsville, Pa., which is 30 miles east of Pittsburgh. He leaped from his truck, chased the deer and fired several rounds from a handgun at it while still in the Walmart parking lot, eventually bagging the buck nearby. Reasonably concerned, Walmart shoppers called 911 to report a man with a gun running through the parking lot.

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Now Bianco has been charged with reckless endangerment and five other hunting-related charges, including hunting without a license, for his alleged acts. Evidence against Bianco includes surveillance footage and the deer that was seized from the processor where Bianco left it.

“Obviously, we can’t have someone running through a Walmart parking lot shooting at a deer,” Jack Lucas, the wildlife conservation officer who investigated the incident, told the Indiana Gazette. “One stray bullet, as we all know, could have wrecked someone’s life,” said Patrick Dougherty, the Indiana County District Attorney. “So, I think we’re very lucky no one was hurt.”

Bianco faces a preliminary hearing May 1.

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52 comments
FlamingBat
FlamingBat

“So, I think we’re very lucky no one was hurt.”

It looks like the deer was hurt.

Agh! I hate hunters!

bonder
bonder

@patricksantry I lived in Indiana, PA for five years. This article reminds me why I left!

honkycracker37
honkycracker37

Every TIME these lefties get a chance to portray men in a negative light, they will lunge at the opportunity.  They forgot to tell you the deer was on the forest side of the parking lot AWAY from shoppers.  Pretty clear he intended to eat the deer.  Nothing quite as tasty as fresh venison.  They don't sell that at wal-mart.  

ItsSheeMuiruri
ItsSheeMuiruri

@me_stari lol! I wonder what I'd have done after a silly deer awakens my taste of it in a Walmart parking lot.

BigFoot3434
BigFoot3434

@spann - you know I'm surprised this hasn't already happened in one of our rural counties in Alabama! Haha!

TCatSlim
TCatSlim

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed Must not have had the latest "asphalt with yellow stripe camouflage" Hunters are only as good as their gear.

MikeAustinone
MikeAustinone

@TIME people wonder why we need gun legislation, this is a good example why, if you can't exhibit common sense you shouldn't have a gun

BendOR53
BendOR53

@NZAircraftFan "attention Wal-Mart shoppers; now in the meat department, fresh local venison...REAL fresh!!"

GloriaPfeifer
GloriaPfeifer

These rednecks ...increasingly becoming more insane by the minute

WilliamBarnes
WilliamBarnes

@khronic_kb @warrenmc71 ILLEGAL????? How could running crazily through a parking lot and shooting lke a madman be illegal? These law officers are sooooo finicky. They should be hunting DANGEROUS criminals, like the ones shooting guns in public places. (ooops!)