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Auburn man shoots himself in foot during hunting trip in Camillus

Auburn man shoots himself in foot during hunting trip in Camillus

November 21, 2010

Camillus, NY - An Auburn man accidentally shot himself in the foot this morning on a hunting trip in Camillus, police said.

James Fedyshyn, 48, of Auburn, was trying to get into his tree stand about 6:30 a.m. today when his shotgun went off and shot him in the left foot, Camillus police Sgt. R.A. Wise said.

Fedyshyn had tied a rope to a tree stand and clipped it to the trigger guard of the gun, Wise said. As he stood on the ground in the woods south of Daniluk Drive in the town of Camillus, Fedyshyn tried to hoist the gun up into the tree stand.

When he pulled on the rope, the gun -- which was pointed down -- discharged. Fedyshyn was struck in the left foot, police said.

A friend who had just dropped off Fedyshyn and went to another tree stand, heard the shot and Fedyshyn yell for help. The friend called 911 and then drove Fedyshyn in an all-terrain vehicle to the friend's house on Daniluk Drive in Camillus, Wise said.

Fedyshyn was taken to Upstate University Hospital, where he is being treated for injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.

Camillus police and the state Department of Environmental Conservation are investigating. No charges are expected.

"It's strictly accidental," Wise said. "He made a foolish mistake.".

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