NY: Turkey hunter shot on opening day
May 1, 2010
Turkey hunter shot on opening day
ARKWRIGHT - A Niagara Falls man was shot Saturday morning, the opening
day of turkey season.
According to the State Police at Fredonia, at about 9:30 a.m. Robert J.
Shaugnessy, 25, was shot while turkey hunting near Tarbox Road in the town
of Arkwright. Shaugnessy was hunting on New York State land for turkey while
wearing full camouflage.
At the same time Charles Fanning, 73, South Milestrip Road, Blasdell, was
hunting in the same wooded area. Fanning, believing that he saw a turkey,
fired one round from his 12-gauge shotgun and struck Shaugnessy on the left
side striking his head, face, chest, arm and leg with number 6 shot.
Shaugnessy exited the woods and sought directions from a nearby neighbor to
the nearest hospital.
Fanning, with his hunting partner, left the woods attempting to locate
the victim. Shaugnessy was driving towards the hospital when he came upon
Trooper Carl Lis and requested assistance. The Cassadaga and Fredonia Fire
departments were dispatched and Shaugnessy was flown to the Erie County
Medical Center by Starflight where he was treated and released.
While awaiting Starflight and enroute to find the victim, Fanning noticed
the ambulance and state police vehicle, approached the trooper at the scene
and identified himself as the shooter. No charges filed at this time. The
incident is being jointly investigated by the Environmental Conservation
Police and the New York State Police.
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