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From: The Nova Scotia Chronicle-Herald, October 6, 2009, Man hit by buckshot while driving 4-wheeler

Posted by cgccanada on October 7, 2009

YARMOUTH — RCMP say a man was shot in the back while riding an ATV early Sunday in Carleton Village, Shelburne County. Michael Laurie Goulden, 49, appeared in Yarmouth provincial court Monday after he is alleged to have shouldered a 12-gauge shotgun and opened fire at close range on two ATV riders in the pre-dawn darkness. He is charged with assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, pointing a gun and careless use of a firearm. He was released on $500 bail into the custody of his brother, Brian Goulden. The court was assured that Michael Goulden will not have access to a number of restricted guns in his brother’s home. Michael Goulden, who once told a provincial court judge he was a gun collector, lost his stash of 39 firearms in 2001 after his possession permit was revoked when he was convicted of a crime involving the use of a gun. He applied in 2004 for another firearms licence but was turned down, a 2006 hearing was told. Provincial court Judge Anne Crawford said in July 2006 that Mr. Goulden was “confrontational and pugnacious.” She denied his application to have his guns returned to him. But apparently Mr. Goulden won the right to have his guns returned within the last several months, said Sgt. Barry MacLellan of Shelburne RCMP. At about 3 a.m. Sunday, Michael Goulden’s girlfriend called 911 to report ATVs being driven in a reckless manner on their property. About 30 to 45 minutes later, a 28-year-old man called 911 to say he had been shot and was resting at a nearby home. The shooting victim was taken to Roseway Hospital. “He was treated and released,” said Sgt. MacLellan. “He had a number of pellet wounds in his back.” Police investigated and said two ATVs were driving doughnuts on a property in Carleton Village when someone emerged from the shadows and opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, sending two blasts of No. 4 birdshot in the direction of the ATVs. One of the drivers was hit in the back. Police arrested Mr. Goulden at his home without incident. On Sunday, RCMP officers began to round up his guns, eventually taking 43 rifles and shotguns, along with one small-calibre pistol, out of his house — four more than he had in 2001. There was no indication they were stored improperly, said Sgt. MacLellan. Police also seized a big cache of ammunition. The ATV riders also face possible charges. “These guys were just out four-wheeling in the night . . . and happened to go up on his property tearing around,” said Sgt. MacLellan. Mr. Goulden will return to court Nov. 18 in Shelburne to be arraigned on the charges.

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