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Mushroom Hunter Accidentally Shot By Man Sighting Gun

Last updated on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

(KURTZ) - A mushroom hunter escaped serious injury Sunday after he was shot by a Danville man adjusting the sights on his shotgun in northwestern Jackson County.

65-year-old James Wilson of Kurtz was treated for minor injuries at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour Sunday afternoon.

According to Conservation Officer Phil Nale, Wilson was hit with five pellets in the chest area and one in the left cheek.

Wilson told police he had been hunting mushrooms on Gorbetts Chapel Road in the Hoosier National Forest when he was shot. Both men told police they had not seen each other before Morgan fired his shotgun.

Nale was notified by the hospital staff about the incident at 2:35 p.m.

According to Nale, Wilson was in a thicket 60 to 70 yards away from Morgan when he was shot. Morgan was apparently sighting his weapon when he fired the shot that hit Wilson. Nale says that activity generally is reserved for a shooting range.

The incident is still under investigation and Nale says he still has to speak to Morgan about the shooting.

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