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Teen shoots other teen in hunting accident

November 12, 2011

By Jeff Duke, Al.com

MOBILE, Alabama -- Lauderdale County teenager is facing multiple charges after accidentally shooting another Lauderdale County teen last week.

District 1 enforcement officer Lt. Darryl Askew said Jarrod Cole, 19, of Florence mistook Mathew Bassie, 19, of Waterloo for a coyote at dusk Tuesday and shot him with a 12-gauge shotgun at about 35 steps when Bassie stepped into a power line right-of-way.

Thirteen of the 24 pellets that hit Bassie entered his body, Askew said.
Cole performed first aid, then transported Bassie to meet paramedics en route to the hospital. Askew said Bassie's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening on Wednesday.

Askew said Cole was hunting on a small parcel of private land in Lauderdale County on Tuesday when he heard something approaching the power line.

Bassie, who was leaving the woods after bow hunting on a larger piece of private property, had taken a shortcut to the power line that was just inside the private property line where Cole was hunting.

Askew said Cole is facing misdemeanor hunting-related charges because he had not completed state-mandated hunter education training and did not have a hunting license required of anyone 16 or older.

Askew added that pending the Lauderdale County district attorney's decision, Cole could also face criminal negligence charges related to the shooting.

District 1 supervising enforcement officer Cpt. Johnny Johnson said Bassie could also face trespassing charges once the investigation is complete.

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