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MA - shoot and run incident in Massachusetts

Police search for shooter in deer-hunting accident

The Martha's Vineyard Times
By Nelson Sigelman - December 7, 2006

A Tisbury man is recovering after his back and arm were pierced with buckshot Saturday afternoon while hunting alone for deer in the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest. The shooter did not respond to the wounded man's shouts and apparently fled the scene, police say.

State Police this week asked for the public's help to find the person responsible and urged whoever fired the shot to come forward. "The gentleman is okay, so now this person needs to come in and do the right thing," said State Police Sergeant Neal Maciel.

State Police received a call at approximately 2:45 pm Saturday, to respond to the Martha's Vineyard Hospital where Allan Albee, 66, had walked into the emergency room and said he had been shot.

Mr. Albee parked his van in a paved parking area off the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road on a main fire lane adjacent to the Bold Meadow subdivision and began to walk slowly in search of deer heading west through the forest, police said. Mr. Albee crossed one or two fire lanes, and though he could not describe the precise location with certainty, he was walking in thick brush when he heard a gun shot and was hit by buckshot pellets.

Sergeant Maciel said that Mr. Albee fell to the ground and yelled, "You shot me. You shot me."

From 1995 to 2004, there were a total of 40 hunting accidents across the entire state. In 2005, a hunter was fatally shot, the state's first hunting fatality since 1992.

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