Chef Paul Prudhomme Grazed By Bullet

Chef Paul Prudhomme Grazed By Bullet
Paul Prudhomme
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03/26/2008 AT 10:20 AM EDT

New Orleans's living landmark Paul Prudhomme was the unlikely target of a bullet that grazed him at an even more unlikely setting: a PGA tournament.

"He thought it was a bee sting," Col. John Fortunato, of Louisiana's Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, told the Associated Press of the .22 caliber bullet that sent the celebrated chef, 67, falling to the ground Tuesday morning at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf event.

Prudhomme, who was setting up his cooking tent on the practice range, felt a pang in his right arm, just above his elbow. He did not requite medical attention.

Deputies suspect the bullet was fired around 9:30 a.m. from somewhere within a 1.5-mile radius of the course, according to Fortunato.

Witnesses said the bullet left a hole in Prudhomme's white chef's coat – not that the potentially harmful setback interrupted his cooking. "Within five minutes, he was back to doing his thing," said one witness.

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