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OH - Turkey hunter shot in lower back

Ohio Man Shot While Turkey Hunting

May 5, 2009

IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man from South Webster, Ohio was flown to the hospital Tuesday morning after he was shot. Chris Rollins was turkey hunting near the ORV Trail Head near the Lawrence - Scioto County line when he was shot in the back with a 12-gauge shotgun.

According the a release from Lawrence County, Ohio Sheriff Jeff Lawless, the shooting happened around 7:35 this morning. Mr Rollins was flown by helicopter to Cabell Huntington Hospital. He had been shot once in the lower back. He is listed in serious condition.

Investigators say Rollins and his cousin Joshua Blevins were hunting in a remote area of Telegraph Ridge Road near the Lawrence-Scioto County line.
They say the two were hunting apart but near each other when a turkey appeared in front of them. Blevins fired at the turkey, injuring it, but it took off. Investigators say both men ran after the turkey and that Blevins'
shotgun discharged, striking Mr. Rollins in the lower back.

According to the release, the preliminary investigation indicates this was an accidental shooting. Detectives with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department and Game Wardens with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will submit their findings to the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office who will determine what, if any charges Mr. Blevins may face.

Scioto County emergency responders were first called and rendered aid to the victim although the shooting took place inside Lawrence County.

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