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Hunter shot in abdomen

November 28, 2011

From PressConnects.com

TIOGA — A man was taken to Robert Packer Hospital after being shot in the abdomen by a hunter.

Jeremy Williams, 29, was hunting with eight individuals when he was struck by a gunshot fragment at 11:27 a.m. Sunday, according to a preliminary report from the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, which is handling the shooting. The shooter, Toby Relyea, 25, was allegedly aiming at a deer running through a wooded area, said Diane Carlton, regional public affairs and education officer for the DEC. Relyea was approximately 191 feet away from Williams when he fired his 30.06 rifle, she said.

Williams was taken by ambulance to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., where he underwent surgery. The bullet fragment went through three layers of Williams’ clothing and entered his abdomen, but doctors were unable to locate it during surgery, Carlton said. The injury is not life-threatening, she said.

The DEC is still going over evidence, Carlton said.

“Everything is still under investigation,” she said.

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