Hunting Accident File > Safe Hunting?: > 2005

Teen shoots friend while hunting deer


Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2005

CAMDEN — A 14-year-old boy told authorities he accidentally shot a 15-year-old boy Sunday while the two were deer hunting, according to a Ouachita County sheriff’s office report.

The names of the two children involved were not released by the sheriff’s office or the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Officers from both agencies responded to 911 call from Clara Hooker, 160 Ouachita 487, who said the younger boy had run to her home and asked her to make the call.

The sheriff’s office report said the 15-year-old was shot once in the chest but was conscious and verbally responsive. He was transported to Ouachita County Medical Center and later airlifted to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Sheriff Paul Lucas said it appeared that the gunshot had “nicked” a main artery in the boy’s chest. He said the youth was in serious but stable condition after emergency surgery. No charges were expected in the case. The 14-year-old told authorities he heard a noise behind him while on his deer stand, saw “a flash of brown” and fired his 12-gauge shotgun. He said he did not think it was the 15-year-old because the older boy’s deer stand was in a different direction. He said he heard screaming, found his friend, then ran for help, the sheriff’s office said. Three hunting-related fatalities have been reported in the last two weeks in Arkansas, authorities have said :

A Star City woman died Saturday in Cleveland County after a man in the back seat of a pickup she was riding in picked up a gun and looked for deer to shoot. The weapon discharged when he put the gun down, authorities said.

A Lockesburg man was shot and killed Nov. 26 by another deer hunter in Sevier County. A Crossett man died Nov. 21 in Ashley County after being shot by his nephew as the two were hunting at a deer camp.

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