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IA - Grandfather shoots grandson he thought was a turkey

Published: Sunday, April 29, 2007

By DEB NICKLAY, Of The Globe Gazette

WAUKON — A Mason City native was shot and seriously injured by his grandfather while they were turkey hunting near Waukon early Sunday.

Shane Emmert, 41, who lives in Davenport, was injured when he was shot by his grandfather, George Emmert, 80, of Mason City.

They were hunting north of Waukon when the accident occurred at 6:15 a.m.

Shane Emmert was initially listed in serious condition with a collapsed lung and internal bleeding Sunday afternoon, according to a statement released by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

A spokeswoman for the Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wis., declined to give an update on the man’s condition Sunday night.

His aunt, Deb Paulson, of Klemme, said that while serious, his condition seemed to be stable.

“It sounds like he will be OK,” she said Sunday night.

According to Kevin Baskins of the DNR, Shane Emmert was returning to the group’s vehicles when he was mistaken for a turkey and shot by his grandfather.

He was taken to Waukon Veteran’s Memorial Hospital and eventually airlifted to the LaCrosse hospital.

Paulson said her nephew, a Mason City High School graduate, is an electrical engineer who works for a power company in the Davenport area.

Baskins said the DNR’s investigation will focus on uncovering more details about “how this accident happened — to gather information so that we can help make sure another like it doesn’t happen again.”

Reach Deb Nicklay at 421-0531 or deb.nicklay@globegazette.com.

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