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PA: Woman Shot By Hunter In Lancaster County

Woman Shot By Hunter In Lancaster County Woman Was Leaving Work When Stray Pellets Hit Her

January 19, 2011

TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A woman in Reamstown, Lancaster County, was shot by a hunter Wednesday as she was leaving work in Reamstown, Lancaster County.

Game officers are investigating the incident.

The woman was heading to her car in the parking lot of Cocalico Biological around 1 p.m. when she said she was hit in the eye by stray shotgun pellets. The 45-year-old woman was taken to Lancaster General Hospital, according to police.

Hunters were shooting at geese in a nearby field. Pennsylvania Game wardens had the hunters trace their steps in the field off Stevens Road, trying to figure out what happened that led to a woman being hit.

The hunters had permission to hunt on the land and had set up decoys. Investigators are looking into whether the hunters violated safety zone laws -- shooting too close to an occupied business or residence.

"No jail time -- not for something like this. It's an accident. There might be negligence but this is an accident, not intent here," said Pa. Game Warden Derek Daly.

The Game Commission says the hunters are cooperating. They could face license suspension or a fine.

The woman has not been identified.

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