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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