Saturday, October 9, 2004
HURLEY -- A Man was shot Thursday by his hunting partner
who was trying to shoot the turkey the victim was carrying, state police
at Kingston said.
The victim, 57, was carrying the dead turkey upside down
near Hurley Mountain Road about 9 a.m. when he was shot in the hand
and back of the leg, state police Investigator Stephen Pavlak said.
James Whittaker, also 57, of Lake Katrine, apparently
did not realize the turkey was being carried when he fired his 12-gauge
shotgun, police said.
The victim, whom police did not identify, drove himself
to Kingston Hospital, where he remained in the intensive care unit Friday
His injuries are not considered life-threatening.
The turkey was expected to be autopsied by environmental
conservation officers, to see if any shot pellets from Whittaker's gun
hit the turkey, Pavlak said.
Whittaker was charged with second-degree assault, a felony,
and environmental conservation violations and is due in court Wednesday.
-- Kathianne Boniello
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