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Accidental shooting sends one to hospital
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A Savannah man ended up at the hospital last weekend after he reportedly was accidentally shot by a fellow hunter from Richmond Hill at a club in Liberty County.

According to an incident report filed by Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matthew Marchand, a group of 30 people were hunting deer Sunday morning at the Hacks Hunting Club in Hinesville when John Hudson of Savannah was shot in his stomach.

Joel Hyden of Richmond Hill told the deputy that one hunter shot at but missed a deer that had come from the fire break in the woods.

The deer circled around back to the fire break and moved toward Hyden, who’d been sitting in a tree stand. So, Hyden said, he took a shot at the animal with his 12-gage automatic shotgun but also missed.

Hyden said the deer then walked between his tree stand and another tree stand occupied by a hunter identified as Hudson.

Hyden said he took another shot at the deer, which was facing him. The deer then turned around and Hyden took another shot at it, which is when he said noticed Hudson holding his stomach.

Hyden learned Hudson had been hit, so he said he called 911. Emergency medical personnel treated Hudson and transported him by helicopter to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, where his condition currently is unknown.

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dennis Davis said Hudson sustained a pellet wound to his stomach. The incident report did not include information about whether the deer was struck.

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