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October 23, 2011

Hunter shot while hunting

A Chatsworth man was undergoing surgery Saturday night after he was shot in the shoulder while hunting in Murray County, according to a state official.

Perry Hudson, age and address not available, was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga Saturday after he drove himself to Murray Medical Center for treatment, according to Sgt. John Vanlandingham of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

He was shot once in the right shoulder, and the bullet exited his chest and went into his right arm.

“Last we heard he was in surgery,” Vanlandingham said around 8 p.m. Saturday.

The type of weapon won’t be identified “until we get the surgeon’s report,” Vanlandingham said, adding, “we assume it was a high-powered rifle.”

Vanlandingham said officials were following “a couple of leads” as to who did the shooting.

He said Hudson was hunting with two other men. One of the men was taken into custody Saturday afternoon and is in the Murray County Jail after being identified as a convicted felon.

It is illegal in Georgia for a convicted felon to be in possession of an armed weapon.

The other hunter was in another area and was “unaware” of what was going on, Vanlandingham said.

Vanlandingham did not have the names of the other two hunters.

The shooting occurred in southeast Murray County around Ramhurst near Peeple’s Lake, which borders U.S. Forestry property.

Vanlandingham and other DNR officers canvassed an area of about 6,000 acres during their investigation. The area only has one road in and out, and trails are accessible via ATVs, Vanlandingham said.

The sergeant said that deer and bear season opened Saturday, but he was unclear what Hudson and the others were hunting.

He said that Georgia has about 400,000 hunters yearly, and only about 25 to 35 hunters are shot during hunting seasons.

“And most of those shoot themselves,” he said.

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