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