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FL: Turkey hunter shot in arm in western Palm Beach County wildlife area

March 29, 2010

Turkey hunter shot in arm in western Palm Beach County wildlife area

A turkey hunter at Corbett Wildlife Management Area in western Palm Beach County was accidentally shot last week.

The hunter was hit in the arm by a .22 caliber bullet and went to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Michael C. Molinet and Joe Giafaglione, both 25 and of Fort Lauderdale, were walking out of the woods along Tomato Field Grade at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday when, according to an incident report filed by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigator Laurie Luher, Molinet heard a "pow" and then a whistling sound over his head.

Molinet asked his friend if he was whistling and Giafaglione said he wasn't. Then he heard another "pow" and was hit by a bullet in his left forearm.

Molinet shouted, "I've been shot!" and he and Giafaglione took cover behind a levee. Molinet called 911 and provided the GPS coordinates of his location, where he and Giafaglione remained for 90 minutes until help arrived. Molinet was taken to Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee.

FWC Capt. Jeff Ardelean said there are no suspects, but his officers are investigating the incident and talking to other hunters who were in the area to determine who shot Molinet.

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