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HUNTING ACCIDENTS INJURE TWO

Posted on Mon, Oct. 18, 2004

By Mike Corpos

American News Writer

The opening weekend of pheasant season was not without incident as a pair of shooting accidents sent a 10-year-old girl and a 61-year-old man to the hospital.

The girl, whose name was not released Sunday, was walking in a field southwest of Aberdeen on Sunday when she was struck by several shotgun pellets, said Game, Fish and Parks Officer Bill Antonides. At least one pellet struck her in the face and others hit her in the leg, Antonides said.

She was taken to Avera St. Luke's Hospital where she was treated and released, according to a hospital official.

Antonides said the girl will have to return to the hospital to have the pellet removed from her face.

"She was really lucky," Antonides said, adding that another pellet grazed her neck, just missing a major blood vessel.

The pellets came from the gun of a 56-year-old man from Wisconsin, Antonides said.

In an unrelated incident near Mobridge, John Schlomer, 61, of Nebraska was hit in the eye by one or more shotgun pellets, according to Antonides.

That man was taken to St. Luke's as well, where a hospital official said he was treated and transported to another hospital.

"In most of these cases, the people are far enough apart that fatality is not an option, but blinding is a serious concern," Antonides said. "Eyes just seem to attract shotgun pellets."

Antonides said local GF&P agents responded to the calls.

(605) 622-2310 or 1-800-925-4100 ext. 310; mcorpos@aberdeennews.com

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