UPDATE: DNR releases new details on hunting incident in Camp Creek State Park

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CAMP CREEK, WV (WVNS) — 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2020: Officers withe the West Virginia Natural Resources Police released new information on a hunting incident in Mercer County. It happened in a remote area of Camp Creek State Park on Tuesday.

The victims in the case were a 7-year-old boy and his 20-year-old brother. They were hit by gunfire from a family acquaintance. The shooter assisted in first aid on the victims and is cooperating with the investigation. The acquaintance told officers he mistook the boys for a turkey.

The 7-year-old was flown to Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) where he is in stable condition. The 20-year-old was treated at the scene.

DNR officers said there are four main causes of hunting incidents. The first is not identifying the target from “tip to tail,” which can lead to situations like this one.


11:30 a.m. 4/29/2020 Update– Sgt. Chris Lester with the West Virginia DNR police tells 59 News that both victims involved in a hunting incident on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 are on the road to recovery.

One specific victim who needed to be airlifted to a local hospital is in stable condition.

To respect the family’s privacy, no names are being released. Sgt. Lester adds that the shooter has been identified and charges are pending.


CAMP CREEK, WV (WVNS) — An investigation into what is being called a hunting incident is ongoing in Mercer County. It happened in the Stovall Ridge Road area on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Police with the West Virginia Division of Resources announced two people were shot. The names of the victims were not released. Sgt. Chris Lester with the DNR Police said the victims were mistaken for game and the shooter did not positively identify his target.

“We do have two victims that have been shot and one of them was not very serious at the moment,” said Sgt. Chris Lester with the DNR Police. “The other victim was life-flighted and he was talking when he left here.”

Details on what led to the shooting were not released. The investigation is still going on. Watch here and on the air for more updated as they become available.

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