Unintentionally, Child Shoots and Kills 71 Year-Old Family Member While Deer Hunting in Pennsylvania

A hunter’s child tried to shoot a deer with his family, but accidentally shot a relative aged 71 in Pennsylvania. Patriot-News reported.

William Tripp, aged 71, sustained a gunshot to the head in the shooting which took place Saturday morning at Jackson Township.

Jeff Lees, Cambria County Coroner, told WJAC that the child was trying to shoot deer from 300 yards. He missed it.

Tripp was killed on the spot.

Lees called it the shooting “heart-wrenching.”

The shooting was done on the first day in regular firearms hunting seasons in Pennsylvania. Tribune-Democrat Report.

“Statewide, we have hunting-related shooting incidents every year,”Shawn Harshaw, the state’s Game Warden, told the newspaper. “In Cambria County it’s rare, but it does happen.”

Harshaw stated that the Pennsylvania Game Commission is currently investigating the incident. 


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