PA: Teenager shot while hunting
January 7, 2010
Teenager shot while deer hunting
Cherry Ridge - Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating a shooting
incident which left a 17 year old boy from Cherry Ridge with a spinal
The teenager, Shane Rickard, was shot with a .44 caliber revolver, said
Game Commission spokesman Tim Conway.
The boy is a resident of Melody Road, and allegedly was shot in the back
while he and some relatives were hunting for deer, Conway said. The person
who allegedly fired the shot is 20 year Wade Rickard also of Melody Road, a
cousin to the victim, said Conway.
Conway said that the alleged shooter was cooperative and did what he
could to assist the victim. No charges have been filed at this point as it
is still under investigation.
Muzzle loading season is underway and runs through Saturday. Conway said
that the hunting party was engaging in a deer drive, where a group of the
hunters entice game to head to an area where other hunters may have a better
chance at taking one. The party was in a wooded area at the time, when the
17 year old was shot.
The call for help came at 4:26 p.m. Pa. State Police responded. Conway
stated that the victim was shot in the back, and the bullet exited the
chest. He was taken by life-flight helicopter to Community Medical Center
(CMC) in Scranton, and was expected to be transferred to Thomas Jefferson
Hospital in Philadelphia.
Conway said that the Pa. State police assisted, and the Game Commission
and State Police determined the case appeared to be hunting related and fell
under the jurisdiction of the Game Commission. Depending on the outcome of
the investigation, charges could still be considered by the District
Attorney's Office, said Conway.
He said that use of a revolver is a violation of the Pa. Game
Commission's rules for muzzle loading season. Conway said that the victim
was not wearing an orange garment, which is recommended but not a
requirement of muzzle loading season.
Shane is a junior at Honesdale High School.
Conway said that there have been four shooting incidents in the northeast
Pennsylvania region of the Pa. Game Commission during the past year. All
them resulted in minor injuries.
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