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NJ: hunter shot in face, but not seriously injured

Delaware man shot in face, but not seriously injured during hunting accident in Lower Alloways Creek Township

February 15, 2011, 3:19 PM

A Delaware man was shot in the face during a hunting accident in Lower Alloways Creek.

LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK TWP. A Delaware man was taken to the hospital after he was accidentally shot in the face during a hunting trip at Meadowview Farms here, authorities said.

Police on Tuesday said that on Jan. 16, Steven Masterson, 47, of Middletown, was on a quail hunting trip with three of his friends.

The group was walking through a wooded area at Meadowview Farms here when Masterson got separated from the group, police said.

When a quail was spotted ahead, Steven Ogborne, 48, of Charlottesville, Va., shot into the distance in an attempt to hit the bird, according to police.

Instead, he struck Masterson in the face, according to police. Masterson, who was about 50 yards ahead of the group, was hit with multiple pellets in the face.

One of the other hunters in the group drove Masterson to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., where he was treated for his wounds and later released.

Lower Alloways Creek Police, as well as Fish and Game Officers, interviewed the men and determined that the non-life threatening injuries were an accident, according to police.

Ogborne was charged with careless discharge of a weapon by the Fish and Game Officers and is pending a court hearing.

Lower Alloways Creek Police officials said that Ogborne will most likely lose his hunting privileges for at least two years.

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