NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A man was hit with shotgun pellets when he and his friend went dove hunting near Douglass Monday afternoon.
According to a Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office incident report, NCSO deputies were dispatched to Nacogdoches Medical Center in reference to a gunshot victim at approximately 4:11 p.m. When they got there, they victim told him that his friend had accidentally hit him with some shotgun pellets.
Captain Shawn Phillips with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department said that two men were hunting near Douglass when one man was hit by some shotgun pellets. Phillips said, as of now, they are ruling the incident as an accidental shooting.
No information was available on the victim's condition.
The incident was the second hunting-related accidental shooting incident that occurred Monday.
According to Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches, Monica Gunter, 45, was shot in the right leg by her friend, who was attempting to load a shotgun. The accident occurred in the 13000 block of U.S. Highway 69 near the Cherokee County line.
Gunter was taken to Lufkin's Memorial Hospital. After she was released from surgery Monday, she was listed in stable condition.
"It was just a pure accidental shooting," Sanches said. "They were friends. The shooter was upset. The lady that was shot hated it [because] her friend has to go through it."
Sanches said the best practice is to have a gun unloaded until a person is ready to fire. He also said that the hunter safety course that state law requires anyone born after Sept. 2, 1971 to take are a good way of reinforcing safety tips.