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TN - Teen Injured in Hunting Accident

by Mark Bruce (mbruce@wrcbtv.com)

Walker County Sheriff's deputies rushed to a shooting on Walnut Grove Road, south of LaFayette, Georgia around six o'clock Wednesday afternoon.

"We discovered that we had a 15 year old boy shot in the back of the head and the back," said Sheriff Steve Wilson. "Apparently the result of a hunting accident."

Wilson says the teen was turkey hunting with a friend in the woods when a 46 year old man, accidentally opened fire.

"Apparently mistaken that young man for a turkey and fired a shot in that direction striking young man in the head and the back," Wilson said.

The man was taken to the hospital with chest pains; the teen was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

"We know young man was responsive to touch, but he was not coherent," Wilson said. "That's a good sign that he was responsive to touch."

Wilson says the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is investigating the incident. Several agencies, including the GBI, responded to the call, but the Sheriff is calling it nothing more than a terrible accident.

"It appears from what we can tell initially here that it was accidental in nature," Wilson said. "That doesn't mean there could not be criminal charges coming forward, it certainly was not intentional."

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