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Hunter's bullet strikes 5-year-old



Published: Wed, July 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- A 5-year-old boy was injured by a stray bullet fired by a hunter near his home.

Pat Anderson of the Pennsylvania Game Commission said Samuel Adam Campbell was shot in the hip as he was helping his father fix a fence near their Wilmington Township, Mercer County, home at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Commission officials estimate the .22-caliber bullet was fired from about 880 feet away, he said. Commission officials believe it came from groundhog hunter Jesse Morgan, 81, of New Castle.

The game commissioner said that Morgan estimated the groundhog was about 190 feet from him when the bullet went astray and hit the boy. No charges have been filed, and the commission is still investigating, Anderson said.

The boy was taken to Sharon Regional Health System's hospital for treatment. His condition was not available late this morning. Anderson noted that it is legal to hunt groundhogs any time of the year.




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