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ME: Man shot in both arms in Oxford hunting accident

November 26, 2017


XFORD (WGME) A man was shot in both arms in a weekend hunting incident that happened about a mile behind the Oxford Plains Speedway.

The Maine Warden Service says a group of four people were hunting over the weekend, about a quarter mile into the woods, when one of them shot another.

Investigators say it happened around two in the afternoon on Saturday, on land open to hunting.

Corporal John MacDonald says the four people were in the woods hunting deer when one of the hunters fired his rifle.

"The shooter is 21 years old. He is from Oxford, MacDonald said. "This wasn't a case where a weapon was, or a firearm was dropped and discharged. It was, we're thinking this was a hunting related shooting incident where the shooter actually pulled the trigger."

MacDonald says the victim is 32-year-old James Footman from Paris.
"He sustained some injury, fairly serious injury, to his arms," MacDonald said.
He says Footman was taken by life-flight to Central Maine Medical Center after a bullet struck both his arms. The hospital says Footman is now in serious condition.

Investigators say all four hunters are cooperating. They say the shooter's identity will not be released unless charges are filed against him.

CBS 13 spoke to a cousin of James Footman, and she told us the family is not commenting right now about what happened.

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