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PA - Hunter shoots another hunter in the face

Hunter shot in tree stand in Indiana Twp.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

By Milan Simonich, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One hunter shot another in the face in morning darkness, then fled as the wounded man screamed in pain, a state wildlife officer said.

The shooting occurred at 7:13 a.m. when an orange-clad hunter fired his shotgun into a tree in a wooded area of the Indianola section of Indiana Township. His blast wounded Jason Davies, 18, a bow hunter from Franklin Park who was perched some 30 feet off the ground in a stand, waiting for deer.

Mr. Davies was being treated at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

Beth Fife, a state wildlife officer, said the shooter fled in a maroon pickup truck. He remained at large this afternoon.

She said Mr. Davies waved twice to the man with the shotgun, trying to alert him that a fellow hunter was within range. But instead of averting a shooting, the movement apparently prompted the man with the shotgun to fire into the tree. Today is the first day of squirrel and grouse season.

George Steele, a friend of Mr. Davies, said the shooting may have been accidental, but he called the actions of the gunman "cowardly."

"You don't run away. The kid could have laid out there and died," said Mr. Steele, of Evans City.

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