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Shooting ruled unrelated to hunting

December 05, 1997

FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick shooting first reported as a hunting accident Wednesday was on Friday ruled an accidental shooting that had nothing to do with hunting.

Donald Ray Hunt, 17, was shot in the hip on a path behind 6039 Quinn Road and released from the hospital on Thursday.

Hunt and a relative, Paul Leroy Hunt, 39, were planning to shoot a new handgun they had purchased, a .380-caliber semiautomatic, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. In the process of trying to ready the gun for firing, it discharged, striking the younger Hunt in the right hip.

The two reported the shooting as a hunting accident because they were scared, police said. The elder Hunt hid the weapon so it wouldn't be discovered, police said.

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The gun was later recovered. No charges have been filed.

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