The Citizen's Voice, PA
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
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
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
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
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.