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IL: Man injured in hunting accident in Will County

Man injured in hunting accident in Will County

December 11, 2010

A man was in serious condition today after he was accidentally shot by another man as the two were hunting on U.S. Army land near Joliet in Will County, officials said.

The incident happened about 10:40 a.m. as the two men were hunting for pheasants in the Joliet Training Area, which is owned and maintained by the U.S. Army, said Linda Fornier, an army spokeswoman.

The victim was shot by the other man's shotgun and sustained injuries to his abdomen, left hip and side, said Fornier.

The men were walking through heavy brush when branches became entangled in the trigger of one man's shotgun, causing the gun to fire and striking the victim, said Fornier.

The victim was taken by paramedics to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Fornier said.

The men both had proper hunting permits and firearms permits, Fornier said. The incident is being investigated as an accident by conservation officers with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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