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MA: Man Injured in Chappy Hunting Accident

December 7, 2009

Man Injured in Chappy Hunting Accident

A man deer hunting on Chappaquiddick Saturday morning was accidentally shot by a member of his party - marking the second time in a less than a week someone has mistakenly been shot during the ongoing hunting season.

A spokesperson for the state environmental police said the man caught a shotgun slug while on a private property on Cape Pogue just before 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The man, whom police declined to identify, was in a group of three experienced hunters. After he was shot, a member of the group drove him to an ambulance which by then was waiting at the Dike Bridge. The victim was transported to Martha's Vineyard Hospital and was later airlifted by helicopter to a Boston-based hospital.

Police said the injuries were not life-threatening. The incident is being classified as a hunting accident, although the investigation is ongoing.

On the first day of hunting season last Monday, a 73-year-old Cape Cod man was accidentally caught in the neck with a piece of buckshot - also by member of his party. His injuries were also not life-threatening, and there were no criminal charges. Shotgun season continues through Saturday.

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