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Re-enactor satisfactory after shooting

July 05, 1998|By DON AINES

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - A Charlottesville, Va., man shot Friday in an Civil War re-enactment in Freedom Township, Pa., was in satisfactory condition Sunday night, according to a nursing supervisor at York (Pa.) Hospital.

Clinton Wakefield Epps, 22, was shot in the neck with a lead ball believed to have come from a Civil War replica revolver, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The incident happened Friday afternoon during the first battle of the re-enactment, according to the report. Epps, a member of the Confederate Seventh Virginia Infantry Regiment, was participating in a re-enactment of Heath's Advance when he was hit with a ball of unknown caliber, police said.

State police said he was on the eastern side of the battlefield when he was struck.

Gettysburg battle re-enactments were held over the weekend on the 400-acre Bushey Farm and surrounding properties. As many as 15,000 re-enactors participated in the battles, according to organizers.

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Epps was treated at Gettysburg Hospital before being taken to York, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Timon Linn, head of the operations department for the re-enactment, said Saturday the shooting was believed to be accidental. He said another re-enactor may not have realized his weapon was fully loaded.

State police said the incident is still under investigation. The report named no suspect, but police were still conducting interviews Sunday evening.

Between Friday and Saturday, Linn said about 20 re-enactors were treated and released from area hospitals for heat-related illnesses and other injuries.

An unidentified woman, one of about 2,000 civilian re-enactors, died of a heart attack Friday, according to Linn.

Organizers estimated 35,000 or more people witnessed the re-enactments.

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