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Hunter critically wounded in accidental shooting of self

Sunday, June 26, 2011

By Jim Woods, The Columbus Dispatch

He was climbing fence in Licking County

A 36-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the chest with his .22  caliber rifle while he was climbing a fence in the Licking County village of Kirkersville tonight.

The West Licking Fire Department was called to the back of 335 5th St. at 7:45 p.m., said Lt. Don Goodyear of the fire department.

The man had been out hunting. He was flown by helicopter to Grant Medical Center and probably will be initially listed in critical condition because of the gunshot, Goodyear said. The man's name has not been released.

The Licking County sheriff's office has been called to help investigate.

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