Hunter shot, boy, 7 'after mistaking him for wild turkey'

A hunter shot a seven year-old boy after mistaking him for a wild turkey, police say. The youngster and his adult brother were both struck on Tuesday while they themselves were hunting at Camp Creek State Park in West Virginia.

Both were shot when a third turkey hunter, who was not part of their party, fired ‘at something he could not clearly see,’ after believing the victims’ movement was that of a wild bird, according to Officer GW Wood of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.

The youngster was life-flighted by helicopter to the Charleston Area Medical Center for surgery to internal injuries. His condition was listed as stable on Thursday, with police yet to release his or his brother’s name. An update on the older sibling’s condition has not been shared, although he is believed to have been less seriously injured.

Mercer County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating the shooting and deciding whether to press charges. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported that these will be dependent on the severity of the injuries ultimately suffered by the seven year-old. They have yet to release the shooter’s name.

Source: Read Full Article