NJ: Hunter's shotgun pellets hit boy, 9, in Readington
November 19, 2013
READINGTON TWP. — A state conservation officer is mulling charges
after a 9-year-old boy was hit by shotgun pellets fired by a hunter
in a field off Higginsville Road here.
The six pellets went
through the boy’s clothing and left abrasions on him but did not
appear to have penetrated his skin.
The boy’s father told
officers that he and his two juvenile sons were hunting in a sorghum
field on a privately owned piece of land that the father’s hunting
club leases, police said. The incident was reported Saturday, Nov.
The father told police there was another group of
hunters, also members of his hunting club, who were hunting
approximately 70 yards from the father and his sons. Those three
hunters were identified as Joseph Kuta, 81, of Bridgewater and
Robert Kelly, 63, and Sharon Kelly, 59, both of Millburn. Police
could not say if the Kellys are related.
Both groups were
pheasant hunting and all were licensed.
The injured boy's
father said he and his sons were all wearing hunter safety orange
and were walking through a three-and-a-half-foot sorghum field which
was slightly elevated from the adjacent field.
said the other hunters flushed out a pheasant and fired two shots,
at which time his 9-year-old son was struck with five pellets in his
chest and one pellet in his face.
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