Two Hunters Shot by Youth
Published Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Two people were in surgery Tuesday night after they were
accidentally shot by their 13-year-old relative while they were all hunting,
the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
The names of the shooter or the victims were not released
Tuesday night, pending notification of their family members, said Michal
Shanley, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.
The 13-year-old and his relatives were hog hunting on
private property in a wooded area near U.S. 98 North and Rock Ridge Road
about 4:30 to 5 p.m., Shanley said.
According to Shanley, the adults went into the woods to
get the hogs out of hiding, and the 13-year-old heard something in the
woods, so he fired one shot in the area.
The shotgun shell scattered and struck the man and woman
in their stomachs, Shanley said.
The woman was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical
Center and the man was taken by ambulance, Shanley said.
Condition updates on the victims were not available
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