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Two Hunters Shot by Youth

Published Wednesday, December 24, 2003

LAKELAND

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 Tuesday night.

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