TN: 17-year-old shot in hunting accident
November 4, 2010
17-year-old shot in hunting accident
Failure to abide by the rules nearly resulted in disaster for a pair of
This past Saturday, two friends, ages 14 and 17, went on a hunting trip
in the Christmasville area of Weakley County and the 14-year-old, mistaking
his friend for a deer, accidentally shot him, according to a press release
issued by the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department.
The two friends were separated on the hunting trip and the younger friend
tried to call the older one on his cell phone to locate him. The friend
stated that he was just to his left. According to the report, around this
time, the 14-year-old saw something move to the right of him, dropped his
cell phone, raised his .270 rifle and shot.
The 17-year-old apparently ran out of the woods saying he’d been shot.
His friend then called 911 and the both of them began walking back toward
The shooter stayed on the phone with the 911 dispatcher until he got to
the residence where EMS and deputies arrived.
The victim was then airlifted to the Med in Memphis having sustained a
wound entering his left upper arm and exiting below the left shoulder blade
with no internal injuries reporterd. At estimate, the victim was
approximately 62 yards from the shooter and he should be released from The
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is working with investigators
from the Sheriff’s office. Neither victim nor shooter was wearing blaze
orange at the time of the shooting and no adults were present. Charges for
hunting violations will be handled by the TWRA.
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