A Flower Mound man was shot once in the abdomen Tuesday
night in northern Anderson County after a member of his church group mistook
him for a hog.
This morning Anderson County Sheriff's investigator Chuck
Franklin said Christopher McCrae, age unavailable, of Flower Mound was in
"critical" condition at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.
As of 4 a.m. today, Franklin said McCrae had undergone
surgery for "internal injuries" which "didn't appear to be life threatening
at this point."
An Anderson County sheriff's report indicated the surgery
was to repair intestinal damage and other internal injuries.
Shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, McCrae was apparently
accidentally shot once with an AK-47 by Alan J. Bias, 40, who mistook the
man for a hog on property off of FM 860 in northern Anderson County.
Franklin said alcohol was not involved, adding authorities
consider the shooting accidental.
"It was just a case of poor judgment by someone handling a
firearm at night," Franklin said. "It was totally accidental."
The investigator explained that members of Sojourn Church
in Carrollton annually travel to Anderson County to hunt hogs on a member's
"The guy's got a hog problem," Franklin said. "He gets
these guys to come down and hunt."
Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, Franklin said Bias and another
individual, also both from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, left the campsite to
hunt hogs, leaving on a four-wheeler.
At one point, McCrae pulled up behind them on a separate
four-wheeler and handed them some water they had left at a previous spot,
the investigator added.
McCrae then "turned around (on the four-wheeler) and went
back to the camp house," according to Franklin.
"They assumed that's where he was going to stay," the
A short time later, Bias and the other individual drove
upon a "hog wallow" where "lots of hogs" are known to sometimes be on the
property, Franklin said.
"They crested the hill and see a large, black object,"
Franklin said. "They assume it's this big hog on the place that everybody
has been trying to find. This one guy (Bias) opens fire with four rounds
from an AK-47.
"It appears he (Bias) hit the four-wheeler one time and
the guy (McCrae) one time," he stated.
Emergency Medical Services was notified, and McCrae was
subsequently care-flighted to the Tyler hospital.
"We haven't been able to interview the victim," Franklin
said, "but the men had no idea why he was down there.
"They have rules in place up there, so everyone will know
where everyone else is," he added.
Franklin reminded hunters and others who handle firearms
to exercise sound judgment before pulling the trigger.
"It's the same old story you always hear," Franklin said.
"Never shoot at what you're not sure of."