Father and son shot while hunting, ruled accidental
October 1, 2011
Bossier Sheriff’s detectives have determined the shooting in Plain
Dealing that sent a father and son to the hospital Saturday morning was
accidental, and have charged the shooter with criminal trespassing.
Sheriff’s investigators said they charged Willard Carpenter, 57, with
criminal trespassing following the shooting of the unidentified
49-year-old man and his 17-year-old son.
According to investigators, the two were shot gunned by Carpenter
after he crossed into a private hunting lease area while squirrel
hunting. They said Carpenter fired his shotgun loaded with No. 6 shot at
a squirrel, without realizing the two other hunters were standing about
50 yards away. Some pellets reportedly hit the 17-year-old in the face
while his father was hit as well.
Both of the shooting victims are at LSU Hospital with their precise
conditions not immediately available, but stable, according to
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