PA: 14-year-old trapper shot in stomach
November 23, 2009
14-year-old in stable condition after he’s possibly mistaken for a
turkey, says official. Probe goes on.
SHICKSHINNY – A 14-year-old boy, who authorities say might have been
mistaken for a turkey, was shot in the stomach on Town Hill Road in
Huntington Township at about 2:53 p.m. Saturday.
The boy and his father, who are from the Shickshinny area, were setting
hunting trap lines to capture burrowing animals when a 44-year-old man using
a rifle shot the boy possibly believing he was shooting a turkey,
Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesperson Tim Conway said.
“We don’t know what happened at this time. It is very possible that, that
situation did happen where he was mistaken for a turkey, but we are not sure
at this time,” said Conway, explaining the shooting is still under
investigation by the Game Commission, Pennsylvania State Police and the
Luzerne County District Attorney’s office.
The boy was airlifted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where he
underwent emergency surgery. The victim was in stable condition and “very
lucky,” Conway said.
“Last I heard (Saturday) night he was awake after surgery and talking
with the nurses. He was in good spirits,” Conway said.
The suspected shooter, whose name has not been released, was taken in for
preliminary questioning, Conway said. The man, who lives in the area, was
then released at the scene.
Additional questions of everyone involved will be conducted during the
next week, as Luzerne County District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll
confirmed her office was investigating.
Speaking in generalized terms and not specifically on this case, Conway
said it is important that all hunters confirm the identity of their targets
“When we teach them how to hunt in our basic hunter-ed classes that’s the
first thing we talk about is positively identifying your target.
Unfortunately, a lot of people do shoot at movement and sound. I don’t know
the scenario here. I don’t have a clue,” Conway said.
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