17 Aug 2004
PARAGON, Ind. A 13-year-old boy who was shot in the face
and neck by a hunter who thought he was an animal was in stable condition in
an Indianapolis hospital.
The boy was hunting on Sunday with 19-year-old Joshua
DePhue and two other boys.
Conservation officers say DePhue fired a shotgun and hit
the Ellettsville boy, whose name was not released. Officials say the boy
suffered 28 buckshot wounds to his face, neck and arms.
The Paragon Fire Department took the boy to the Morgan
County Hospital, and he was later transferred to Methodist Hospital in
Indianapolis, where he was in stable condition Monday night.
No updated condition was available early Tuesday because
of patient privacy rules.
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