CA: Rabbit Hunter Shot In Hand
June 24, 2010
Mendocino County rabbit hunter shot in hand
A Mendocino County man out shooting jackrabbits by flashlight late
Wednesday night was accidentally shot in the hand by his cousin and
seriously injured, authorities said.
Kyler Cranford, 22, may face reconstructive surgery after being struck at
close range by a round from a .22-caliber rifle, Mendocino County sheriff's
Capt. Kurt Smallcomb said.
The Hopland man and his cousin, Lance Piffero, also 22, were riding in a
Jeep on the Cranford family's ranch off Highway 175 at 10 p.m. Wednesday
when the incident occurred, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said.
Cranford had the gun, but was at the wheel of the Jeep so he passed it to
his cousin in the passenger seat, Smallcomb said. Though they initially
planned to shoot raccoon, they decided on jackrabbits instead.
Cranford extended his left hand with a flashlight out his window to
illuminate their prey. Piffero, a Redwood Valley resident, aimed the
scope-mounted .22 from the passenger's side out the driver's window,
He'd fired two or three rounds from the moving Jeep before one of them
struck his cousin in the hand, Smallcomb said.
Authorities were notified around 10:30 p.m. after Cranford arrived at the
Ukiah Valley Medical Center emergency room.
He was no longer at the hospital Thursday morning, though it was unclear
if he had been moved to another hospital or discharged.
Smallcomb said the case would be forwarded to the Mendocino County
District Attorney's Office for determination whether charges for shooting
from a motorized vehicle should be filed against Piffero.
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