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Hammond Hunter Injured by Self-Inflicted Gunshot
Updated September 25, 2017 3:51 AM
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(GARY) - Indiana Conservation Officers on Sunday were called to the 3300 Block of Martin Luther King Drive to investigate a hunting incident that resulted in a gunshot wound.

The investigation revealed that at approximately 7:30 a.m., 23-year-old Christopher Morey of Hammond was Teal hunting in a marsh on private property. He briefly walked away from his hunting spot to retrieve a bottle of water from another hunter, leaving his 12-gauge pump shotgun resting on a mound of vegetation.

When Christopher returned to his hunting spot, he picked up his shotgun with the muzzle pointing at his left forearm. It is believed the movement of the gun caused the trigger to be pulled against a rigid plant material resulting in a close range gunshot wound to his left forearm by number 7 steel shot pellets. It is unknown whether or not the firearm's safety was on at the time of the incident, but an inspection of the firearm determined it was functional.

Christopher's brother, Randal Morey, was hunting nearby and came to his aid. Christopher Morey was transported by ambulance to Gary Methodist Hospital's Northlake Campus where he is currently receiving treatment for his injury.

Indiana Conservation Officers continue to stress the importance of keeping a firearm's muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times. Gary Police, Fire, and EMS assisted at the scene.

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