SC: Hunter shot after being mistaken for deer
December 3, 2009
Gaffney hunter shot by friend Officials say man thought victim was deer
Published: Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 3:15 a.m. Last Modified:
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 10:05 p.m.
GAFFNEY -- First Sgt. John McCraw with the state Department of Natural
Resources said a hunter remained hospitalized Wednesday after his friend,
thinking he was a deer, shot him.
Timothy Dean Patterson, 48, was in fair condition in Spartanburg Regional
The shooting occurred Tuesday in a wooded area off Orr Bank Road east of
Blacksburg near the York County line.
McCraw said 911 received the call for help about 5:52 p.m.
"So far, we're looking at the victim was walking and mistaken by his
friend for a deer. The friend, 67-year-old Winfred Wayne Jenkins, was
sitting on a roadbed. By law it was still legal to hunt, but it was dark,"
Both men were listed by investigators as living at 139 Freeman Road,
Blacksburg. "We haven't been able to talk much to the victim because he is
sedated," McCraw said. "We'll see what he says and go from there."
Patterson received injuries to his legs and lower body from the buckshot
in Jenkins' gun and was airlifted by Regional One.
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