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ATTORNEY SHOT IN HUNTING ACCIDENT

By Jonathan Weaver, Salisbury Post
23 February 2004

Salisbury attorney Don Sayers is in fair condition in an eastern North Carolina hospital after he was reportedly shot during a hunting trip this weekend.

It is not clear how he was shot or who was with him at the time.

Sayers, a partner with the law firm of Woodson, Sayers, Lawther, Short, Parrot and Walker, LLP, practices civil and education law.

He serves as the attorney for the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education and town attorney for Landis.

Sayers, 61, was on a group hunting trip in the eastern part of the state.

The N.C. Wildlife Commission reported an accidental shooting this weekend in Craven County in which someone in a hunting party was shot in the stomach with a shotgun.

Wildlife officer Steve Long, who investigated the Craven County accident, could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Craven County Sheriff Jerry G. Monette said his office had turned the shooting investigation over to the Wildlife Commission.

Sayers is recovering at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

Officials there said he was in fair condition Sunday night.

Reached at home Sunday night, Carl M. "Chip" Short, one of Sayers' law partners, said he had returned from a trip to the beach and had several messages telling him Sayers had been shot. He had not heard any details, he said.

Short said members of the firm would discuss the situation this morning and decide what to do in case Sayers is out for a lengthy period of time.

Partners Ed Parrot and Rivers Lawther did not return phone calls.

Contact Jonathan Weaver at 704-797-4266 or jweaver@salisburypost.com .

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