It’s been nearly three weeks since Roy Wright walked into a nightmare on his property.
It was the morning of Nov. 6 when Wright discovered one of his horses shot and killed and another injured by gunfire on his property along Wooldridge Ferry Road in Elizabethtown.
Since then, there has been shock, mourning, anger and a pursuit for justice for Wright and his wife, Judy.
“It’s still just hard to believe something like this could happen,” Wright said. “It really is.”
Wright found his 3-year-old Kentucky Mountain Pleasure horse, Sarge, lying down about 90 feet inside their fenced in yard. He had been shot four times, including once in the heart and once in the lung area.
Another horse, Generator, also was struck in the neck by a bullet that entered on the right side and lodged on the left side.
“I can’t figure it,” he said. “I really don’t think it was someone who was angry with me. I don’t know what it was or why it happened.”
Judy has described Sarge as “a great horse, a good-natured horse.”
Wright said what the shooter or shooters likely didn’t realize is a stray bullet could have entered somebody’s home and hurt or killed someone.
“Directly across our field on an angle is a house,” he said.
He said Generator has been making a slow recovery since being shot.
“It’s been a challenge for her,” he said. “A shot to the neck is tough.”
Wright said a .45-caliber gun was used in the shooting and some shell casings were found near the couple’s mailbox.
The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and fliers have been passed around seeking information. Anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest in this case could be eligible for a reward through Hardin County Crime Stoppers.
“I haven’t heard anything from anyone,” Wright said. “Nobody has called and I don’t think there’s any news on it.”
He said the shooting was hard to deal with, especially emotionally.
“For about two days, I could hardly stand it I was so darn mad,” he said.
Wright said he still lets Generator roam his property and the shooting won’t change his way of life.
“I’m not going to let one person or some people change my life,” he said. “I’ve had her up and she’s still going to be out to roam.”
He said he appreciates how people responded to word of his misfortune.
“A lot of people have reached out to me,” he said. “I appreciate all of it.”
Sheriff John Ward said the suspect or suspects will face two charges when captured – first-degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted, and second-degree animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison, if convicted.