Two Shot In Separate Hunting Accidents
Posted December 24, 2005 10:03 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — Two people were shot Friday afternoon in separate hunting accidents in Wake County.
Wake County deputies searched a field off Rock Quarry Road after 20-year-old Taylor Carlisle was shot in a hunting related incident. Deputies on scene called the shooting an accident. The hunter who fired the gun handed it over to detectives, who inspected the firearm.
The other shooting happened in a rural area outside Wake Forest. Detectives say a hunter shot a 12-year-old girl. Neighbors said the shooting occurred behind a house, where the property stretches back some 50 acres.
Both shooting victims were transported to Wake Med Hospital. The sheriff's office said that the 12 year old girl is out of surgery and stable.
According to state statistics , the average number of hunting accidents is actually dropping -- from 56 during the 1960's to 40 during the 1990's. According to the latest numbers, there were 23 hunting related shootings between 2003-2004.
The shooter was found to be in violation of the law 32 percent of the time. The factor that contributed to most accidents was careless handling of the firearm.
Investigators are not saying at this time if carelessness played a role in these two separate shootings but no charges have been filed yet in either case.