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Greensburg man shot hunting turkey in Murrysville

By Tom Yerace

TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

State game officials are investigating the shooting of a hunter Tuesday in Murrysville.

Patrick Mosley, 51, of Greensburg, was shot by another hunter while on private property along Beighley Road, according to Mel Shake, a regional supervisor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Ligonier office.

"He was turkey hunting and was apparently shot by a hunting companion," Shake said. "We don't have a lot of details yet."

A spokeswoman at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh said information on Mosley's condition would not be released.

Tom Seefeld, Murrysville police chief, said Mosley was conscious and communicating with emergency personnel before he was flown from the scene.

"He had wounds on the head and torso," Seefeld said.

He said Mosley and his companion, John Patrick, of Manor, were hunting on the Turner farm when the shooting occurred at 6:25 a.m.

"We are considering it an accident," Seefeld said, adding his department will not file charges against Patrick. "The game commission is following up as far as violations of the game laws."

Seefeld said Mosley was hit with pellets from Patrick's 10-gauge shotgun from a distance of about 40 yards. He said both men were wearing fluorescent orange hats.

"These were two friends who went turkey hunting together," Seefeld said. "At some point they separated, and the victim had gone out and come around. (Patrick) saw a turkey and leveled the gun and fired, and (Mosley) was in the line of fire."

In the past, there have been numerous incidents of turkey hunters accidentally shot, Shake said.

"Statistically, it tends to be one of the problem areas," he said. "I had been cautiously optimistic since we hadn't had any incidents up to the this point and turkey season has been in for a couple weeks.

"I've only seen one other preliminary report from around the state, so this has been a very safe season."

The season began April 29 and will end May 27. There also is a shorter turkey season in November. The current season is known as "spring gobbler" season because only male turkeys can be hunted.

Tom Yerace can be reached at tyerace@tribweb.com or 724-837-5374.

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