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Hunter found shot in Lee County

Posted December 19, 2012

— A Broadway man was seriously wounded Tuesday evening while hunting in Lee County, authorities said.

Robert Matthew Devitto, 26, was found by friends shortly after 8 p.m. after he failed to return home after going out alone on a duck hunting trip. They found him on North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission game lands on Lower River Road near Gunter Road, authorities said.

Devitto was airlifted to WakeMed in Raleigh, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting, and authorities said they haven't determined if it was an accident or if he was wounded in a confrontation with another hunter. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 919-775-5531 of leave an anonymous tip at 919-718-4577.


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  • wbh3569 Dec 20, 2012

    @jscott13, You may find this hard to believe but when you step out of your house every day you risk your life! The world is full of hazards that could take your life. The problem with today's society is not the guns, more so the population and there rapidly decreasing effort to teach their children respect and the value of life!!!!!!!!!!

  • jscott13 Dec 20, 2012

    When you hunt you risk your life. When you own a gun you risk your life. Piers Morgan was right to call the man defending owners of guns on his show "stupid". Loved it!!!

  • a420a240 Dec 20, 2012

    One of those terrible assault rifles must have attacked him. Gotta keep them on a leash people!

  • Common_Sensey Dec 20, 2012

    It's not a sport, much less a challenge. I grew up hunting in Randolph County with bow & rifle in the years where we could all wear cammo and not worry about orange blaze. Still, hitting a buck from 150 yrs with a modern rifle and scope is pretty much a joke, kids do it everyday.

    So no, hunting isn't a sport.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Dec 20, 2012

    Hunting today with modern weapons is a joke. It's not even much of a sport.


    You ALMOST took Sanford's title......almost

  • Common_Sensey Dec 20, 2012

    Hunting today with modern weapons is a joke. It's not even much of a sport.

  • bdu4dals2 Dec 20, 2012

    It is still deer season and I will tell you there are noise hunters out there. The duck hunter was possibly not wearing orange which makes him fair game to a noise hunter. That's a person that shoots at a noise without seeing what it is to those non-hunter types.

  • xylem01 Dec 20, 2012

    That gives Hunting Season a whole new meaning.

  • voice_of_sanity Dec 20, 2012

    I drove past where they found the hunter yesterday while on my way into Sanford. The area is very popular with deer hunters, it would not surprise me to find out that this was an accidental shooting by a deer hunter. And, it's a a really odd place to go duck hunting - I don't know of any water around that area.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Dec 20, 2012

    Hunters dont get along well with other hunters..


    I know it's early in the day but you have the most moronic comment title so far. Good luck defending it.