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Teenager Injured in Hunting Accident

December 28, 2011

By Erika Odell, WAAYTV.com

Section Line Rd., Colbert County

A 17 year old Colbert Heights student is in Huntsville Hospital recovering after being shot in the leg with a .30-06 rifle.

Officials said that the teenager and his cousin, 27 year old Terry McBride were hunting on Section Line Road in Colbert County when McBride mistook the 17 year old for a deer.

The victim was flown to Huntsville Hospital where he remains in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit awaiting another surgery.

Lt. Darryl Askew, an Alabama Conservation Officer said that it's important for hunters to go back to the basics before heading in to the woods. He said that following the law and basic hunting safety tips, along with attending a hunter's education course can help prevent accidents from happening.

Askew said it's important to treat every firearm as if it's loaded. Clearly identify your target and what's beyond it. Keep weapons pointed in a safe direction at all times. Wear hunter orange. Use a safety harness while in a tree stand, and use a flashlight when it's dark out.

"If you don't follow the safety rules, things like this happen," said Askew.

"There were two cardinal rules violated here. One was on the part of the victim, failure to wear hunter orange. Te other was on the part of the shooter, failure to properly identify his target."

The investigation is still ongoing. The evidence will be turned over to the Colbert County District Attorney's office to determine if there will be any charges.

"I would emphasize that hunting is still one of the safest sports you can participate in," said Askew. "It's very safe, but can be even more safe if everyone follows the rules properly."

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