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Greencastle man killed in shooting incident

Pa. State Police investigate incident at local sportsman club

Pa. State Police investigate incident at local sportsman club

December 24, 2005|By DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

daniels@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a shooting incident Friday morning at the Greencastle Sportsman Association that claimed the life of a 65-year-old Greencastle man, police said.

Several witnesses were in the vicinity when the incident happened, though none saw what happened and police do not yet know whether George Elliott shot himself accidentally or intentionally in the chest, said Trooper Bradley Ford of the Chambersburg barrack of the state police.

"As far as we know, at this point there was no foul play at all," Ford said. "At some point, we know that it was pretty much self-inflicted."

Police responded to the gun club on Sportsman's Road on Friday at 10:58 a.m. and found Elliott at an outdoor shooting range at the association. Elliott sustained a single shot to his chest, Ford said. He was taken to Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Ford said.

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Ford said Elliott had three firearms when the incident occurred, including a long rifle, a shotgun and a handgun, and investigators are awaiting the results of a chest X-ray to determine which of the weapons discharged. Ford said police are examining several possibilities, including one that Elliott might have slipped on a patch of ice and caused one of the firearms to discharge involuntarily .

"He was down there, he had several weapons, he was shooting," Ford said. "The witnesses do not know exactly how this wound occurred. He may have slipped carrying one of his guns."

Reached by telephone Friday afternoon, club President Ronald Hoffman said he had received only scant details about the shooting and could not speak about either the incident or Elliott specifically.

Ford said the investigation is ongoing.

Neither Franklin County Coroner Jeff Conner nor Deputy Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer could be reached for comment Friday.

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