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NC - Man critical following hunting accident

December 10, 2006

By Jennie Jones Giles - Times-News Staff Writer
jennie.giles@hendersonvillenews.com

GREEN CREEK -- A Henderson County man is in critical condition from a gunshot wound in a hunting accident Saturday and his friend is in the Polk County Jail charged with the shooting.

Jesus Guerrero, 44, of Bolton Court in Dana underwent surgery about 5 p.m. Saturday and was in critical condition at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, said N.C. Wildlife Enforcement Officer Toby Jenkins.

Ignacio Chagollo, 39, of Bolton Court in Dana was charged with criminal negligent hunting and reckless discharge of a firearm.

As of Saturday night, he was being held in the Polk County Jail under a $75,000 bond.

Four men, all family and friends, were hunting deer Saturday on private property off Gilbert Road in the Green Creek community of Polk County.

"One guy mistook his friend for a deer," Jenkins said.

Chagollo was hunting with a 7-mm Magnum, a high-powered rifle, when Guerrero was shot in the left arm between the elbow and shoulder, Jenkins said. The bullet tore through Guerrero's abdomen, rib cage and lungs, Jenkins said. The victim suffered extensive blood loss by the time rescuers arrived.

Guerrero was not wearing blaze orange as required by law, he said.

There were thick brush and briars on the wooded property above an apple orchard.

"It was an old cut-over pine thicket about 1/2 to 3/4 mile off the closest state-maintained road," Jenkins said.

Rescuers with the Polk County Rescue Squard and Green Creek Fire and Rescue used an all-terrain vehicle with a basket attached to remove the victim from the scene of the shooting.

"The Polk County Rescue Squad just bought the equipment," Jenkins said.

A medical helicopter from Spartanburg Regional Medical Center took the injured man from a nearby staging area to the hospital in Spartanburg, S.C.

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