Hunting Accident File > Safe Hunting?: > 2004


By GLENN CRAVEN, Daily Dispatch Editor

A 39-year-old Maryland man is "very fortunate" to be alive today after he was accidentally shot in the face while hunting with his young son.

Vance County Sheriff R. Thomas Breedlove said Victor Hinton, whose address is listed on sheriffs' reports as 1302 Gun Powder Court in Fort Washington, Md., had taken his 11-year-old son deer hunting Friday morning at a hunting club in the Woodsworth Road vicinity of northern Vance County, more than 15 miles north of Henderson. Breedlove said the father is handicapped and stayed in the pickup truck while the boy set up to hunt about 100 feet away.

At around 8:45 a.m., according to reports, the child - armed with a 12-gauge shotgun - fired three times at a deer that had crossed between his position and his father's.

A Virginia man told Vance County sheriff's deputies that he saw the accident unfold.

The witness said he saw the deer following a path that would take him between the father and son, and he told a deputy that he shouted out at the child not to shoot. But Breedlove said the boy fired three times, striking a nearby church, a utility pole and the pickup truck where his father sat.

Breedlove said Victor Hinton was transported by first responders to the Townsville Fire Station. From there, he was taken by EMS to Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson, though a spokesperson at the hospital did not "have knowledge" of Hinton nor of his condition when contacted Friday night. Checkboxes on official sheriff's office reports indicated that Hinton's wounds were "minor" in nature.

"(Hinton) was very fortunate," Breedlove said. "He had one double-ought pellet hit him here (in the right cheek) and another one hit him in the elbow. Š Usually anything you shoot with double-ought buckshot at 100 feet, you're going to kill."

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