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8-year old shoots father while squirrel hunting

Tazewell Co. man shot in hunting accident

By Ian Schwartz - Monday, October 09, 2006 

TAZEWELL COUNTY -- According to a family friend, Darren Adams of Lilly, was squirrel hunting when his 8-year-old son accidentally shot him in the abdomen.

Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston said the accident happened before 11 a.m. near King Road in rural Tazewell County.

He said the shotgun went off as the boy lifted his gun to aim for a squirrel.

The father was air lifted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

A man on the scene said the father was responsive as he was air lifted from the area.

He said the father and son are avid hunters and that this is a terrible freak accident.

The Tazewell County sheriff said these accidents do not happen often and should remind everyone of safety.

"I don't mean to add insult to injury, but this is simply a firearm safety rule,” Sheriff Robert Huston said. “You never point your weapon at anything you're not prepared to shoot."

Huston was not sure if the young boy had a hunting license, because he did not have that information readily available.

A 1996 state law indicates that anyone born after January 1, 1980 cannot get a hunting license unless they complete a hunter education class or if they can prove they have a hunting license issued by the state of Illinois or another state.

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