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TN- Hunter is stable after accidental shooting

Wednesday, 11/28/07

Hunter is stable after accidental shooting

A Donelson man was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after a four-hour search and extraction from the Cheatham State Wildlife Management Area.

David M. Crow, 51, accidentally shot himself in the left side of his lower chest with a .357-caliber gun when he dropped his gun, according to a report by authorities.

Cheatham County Sheriff John Holder said the man was brought out of the woods with a four-wheel-drive vehicle after responders determined extraction by air was not possible. A deputy responded after a call from the man's son.

"If his son hadn't been with him and called, he wouldn't have made it," Holder said.

From the truck, Crow was moved to a boat that raced down the Harpeth to be met by an ambulance at the Narrows of the Harpeth recreation area. He was then taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The man stuck his finger in the wound to stop the bleeding, the report said.

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