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William Campbell, 45, of Butler, died from a gunshot wound to the chest this morning in Oakland Township

Dec 3, 2004 2:45 pm US/Eastern

For the second time this week, a hunter has died in an apparent hunting accident. A bullet struck and killed a Butler County man while he was hunting along Route 38 in Oakland Township near the Oneida Valley Dam around 10am this morning.

Officials say William Campbell, 45, of Butler, died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Campbell was hunting with two other people at the time.

At this point, authorities are not commenting on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

The Game Commission is investigating.

The deadly shooting comes just days after another hunter died from a gunshot wound in Armstrong County.

Officials say Dean Baker, 45, died Tuesday after his father accidentally shot him in the chest while the pair hunted in Sugarcreek Township.

First Days of Hunting Season Dangerous

The first five days of hunting season have been particularly dangerous in the woods around Western Pennsylvania.

On Monday, authorities say a hunter firing at a deer accidentally shot another hunter in Ford City. The victim was taken to Allegheny General Hospital where he was listed in fair condition.

The same day in Buffalo Township, Washington County, a stray bullet hit another hunter in the ankle as he stood in an elevated stand.

In addition to the shooting that killed Dean Baker, four other shootings marked the second day of deer season; three of which appear to be self-inflicted.

A Butler County man accidentally shot himself in the foot Tuesday while hunting in Plum Creek Township, Armstrong County. Also in Armstrong County, a Plum Borough man shot himself, then fell out of his tree stand. He's being treated at UPMC Presbyterian. Likewise, in Lawrence County, authorities say an unidentified hunter shot himself in the wrist.

In Elizabeth Township, a McKeesport man, got in the line of fire of another hunter when a bullet apparently ricocheted off some trees and grazed his side. He was not seriously injured.

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