AK: bystander shot in hunting accident
September 2, 2010
Bear attack: Firearms can save a life, but watch where you shoot
Everyone familiar with bears, firearms and Alaska knew that sooner or
later the worst was going to happen in urbanized Southcentral -- someone was
going to start shooting at a bear and someone else was going to get hit with
a stray slug. ... The wounding of a bystander by a stray bullet, when it
finally occurred, took place in the city of Seward. But more on that in a
minute. ... All of which brings this back to last week's shooting in Seward,
which was not some crazy drive-by. This shooting involved a man near the
harbor being hit by a slug that came from shotgun being used by a Seward
police officer to dispatch a troublesome black bear. The slug, according to
officials' reports, went through the bear, ricocheted off something, and
then hit the man in the stomach.
"It didn't even penetrate the skin ... We're very lucky in that case,''
City Manager Phillip Oates told the Associated Press. ... Oates is right
about luck. Police in Seward got very lucky. The man hit by the slug was
treated and released from a local hospital the same day. It could have been
worse, a whole lot worse.
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