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Shooting of Hunter Near Sweet Valley Under Investigation

The Citizen's Voice, PA

12.27.03

A man was shot by his hunting partner Friday afternoon on private land off Long Road in Ross Township, according to Chief of Sweet Valley Ambulance Bob Walsh.

The injuries didn't appear to be life threatening, Walsh said.

The hunting partner attempted to shoot a deer and ended up shooting the victim in the shoulder. The projectile exited through the victim's other shoulder, Walsh said.

The man who shot the firearm knows Chief Walsh and immediately raced to Walsh's house a few miles away to request emergency care. This was just after 4 p.m.

Walsh called 911, then helped organize the rescue effort because he was familiar with the land.

Emergency crews, including state police, responded and worked quickly to get the victim stabilized, said Walsh.

"Quickness is what saves lives," Walsh said. "He was conscious, and at that time, he was able to move all his extremities."

The victim was rushed out of the wooded area and taken by ambulance to an awaiting LifeFlight helicopter to be taken to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Walsh said authorities would not release the names of the individuals Friday night.

A spokeswoman at Geisinger Medical Center said she couldn't give any information on the victim's condition without having a name provided.

Walsh said the Pennsylvania Game Commission and state police are in charge of the investigation.

A representative from the Game Commission said Friday night that the investigation should be complete sometime on Saturday.

The incident occurred on the first day of the regular flintlock muzzleloader season, which runs through Jan 10.

Hunters aren't required to wear fluorescent orange during this season but are encouraged to do so, according to the Game Commission's Web site.

Walsh said he wasn't sure if the victim was wearing any fluorescent orange clothing.

Out of 68 total hunting-related shooting incidents in the state in 2002, only one was due to a muzzleloader, according the Game Commission.

During the flintlock season, only single-barrel long-guns with a flintlock ignition system are permitted. The firearm must be an original or reproduction of a gun used prior to 1800, which is .44 caliber or larger, with iron, open "V" or notched sights.

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