NY: Hunter shot in head, neck, shoulder, chest and abdomen
May 12, 2010
An East Syracuse man was injured, reportedly by a hunting partner, in an
early morning shooting accident Wednesday in the Steuben County town of
Charles D. Sargent, 54, was struck by shotgun pellets in the left side of
his head, neck, shoulder, chest and abdomen, according to the Steuben County
Sargent was hit by a shotgun blast fired by Anthony Gabriele, 53, of
Youngstown, N.Y., deputies said.
The accident happened around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday in a remote area off
The two men had entered the area together and set up a decoy to attract
male turkeys, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
The two hunters, both dressed in full camouflage, split up to observe the
area. After an hour or so, they worked back closer to each other than either
realized, deputies said.
Gabrielle was using a mouth call and a slate call when he saw what he
thought was a tom turkey about 70 feet away and fired, according to the
Once Gabrielle realized he had shot his partner, he used his cell phone
to dial 911.
Sargent was transported to St. James Hospital in Hornell and later
transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where he is listed in
The sheriff's office and state Department of Environmental Conservation
are investigating the shooting. Sheriff's deputies were assisted at the
scene by the Canisteo Fire Department and Hornell Ambulance.
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