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PA: Hunter recovering after being shot

January 8, 2010

Hunter recovering after being shot

Game Commission fines him for being on posted property.

Recovery is coming more quickly than expected for a Shippensburg roofing contractor shot Nov. 30 in an apparent hunting accident in Letterkenny Township.

EJ Helman was struck in the right arm by a bullet that entered at the back of his elbow and entered through the top of his forearm about 5 p.m. while he hunted deer in a wooded area along Rocky Spring Road.

The gunshot shattered Helman’s arm, obliterating portions of the ulna, radius and humerus bones and vaporizing part of the elbow joint in the process. ...

Michelle said the gunshot wound blew her husband’s arm “to smithereens” from the entry point to the exit wound. ...

He says Pennsylvania Game Commission authorities have determined his wound came from a round fired from a .22 caliber rifle such as a .223 or .243 and was fired from a distance of 150 to 200 yards....

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