GIRARD — The Crawford County Sheriff's office is investigating what appears to be an accidental shooting, according to a release from Sheriff Dan Peak.
According to the release, Wednesday morning the CCSO received a report of two men with gunshot wounds who had been transported by private vehicle to Girard Medical Center in Girard.
The men were reportedly turkey hunting west of Girard with a third man. According to the subject who drove them to the hospital, the three were in Crawford County from out of state to hunt, and had leased private property where the shooting occurred.
According to the driver, he had been dropped off at the scene of the shooting by the other two men at about dawn. He said the other two were going to go to a different location nearby to hunt as well.
According to the release, at about 8:40 a.m. the driver said he shot at a turkey he had been “calling-in” but realized immediately after firing a single 12 gauge shot, his two friends had been hunting the same turkey. The who were hit were just inside of a wooded area and were camouflaged and laying behind a turkey fan made of turkey feathers. The fan gives the appearance of a decoy turkey and the subjects could not be seen by the shooter.
The victims were hit with shotgun pellets in the face and upper body. The subject who fired the shot rendered aid and both subjects were able to walk from the location back to their truck where they were taken to the hospital. All subjects are known to each other, one being a good friend of the shooter and the other a brother of the shooter. Both subjects were transported to Freeman Hospital by air ambulance. No names are being released at this time. The investigation continues into the shooting, according to CCSO.
Anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to call the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office at 620-724-8274.