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
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
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
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
Reach Deb Nicklay at 421-0531 or