Earlier today, we reported that a hunter was ambushed by a deer he had just shot. And now, a Virginia man is recovering after he was shot by a hunter, who mistakenly thought he was a deer. Both of Kenneth Green Jr.’s legs were struck in the hunting accident on Saturday.
The hunter who shot Green could face serious charges, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Green was hunting deer when a hunting group was passing nearby.
According to NBC 12, one of the hunters with the group heard the sound of breaking limbs and thought he saw movement, investigators say.
The man proceeded to open fire from nearly 50 feet away. Of course, there was no deer.
Green was struck by the bullets from a 12 gauge shotgun.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene.
Green’s family says they’re baffled as to how this could happen. But of course, if there are groups of armed men trying to hunt sneaky wabbits, this sort of accident isn’t all that uncommon.
NBC 12 reports:
Earlier this month, David Ware, 68, was shot and killed in York County by another hunter who mistook him for a deer.
Just last week, another man in Louisa was struck by a pellet while deer hunting.
One of the most important rules weapons experts say about hunting is to positively identify your target, and what’s behind it, before firing.
“You need to visually see that target… that deer, turkey, whatever it is… not a moving bush, or a white flick in the distance,” said Thomas Lacy, general manager and gun safety instructor at the Colonial Shooting Academy in Richmond.
Wait, so he’s saying you should identify your target before pummeling it with deadly bullets?
Green was following the law and wearing blaze orange, so he could be seen, according to officials. He’s expected to recover but it will be a long process.
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