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November 10, 2011

Pittsfield Man Wounded in Hunting-related Shooting

CONCORD, N.H. – A 65-year-old Pittsfield man, Daniel Mullen, was wounded Wednesday afternoon (November 9, 2011) about 4:00 p.m. while deer hunting with five other hunters in a section of power lines off Loudon Road in Pittsfield, an area popular with deer hunters.

According to Conservation Officer Lieutenant James Juneau of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Mullen was struck in the buttocks by a bullet believed to have been fired by a member of his own hunting party.

Following a call to 911, personnel from the Pittsfield Police and Fire departments and N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers responded to the scene. Mullen was able to walk out of the woods under his own power, and was transported by ambulance to Concord Hospital, where he was treated for a nonlife-threatening injury.

The suspected shooter is a 45-year-old man from Pittsfield. He was using a .308 caliber semiautomatic rifle with a scope at the time of the shooting. It appears that all members of the party involved in the incident were wearing blaze orange and were experienced hunters.

N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers worked into darkness at the scene, attempting to identify the specific locations of the shooter and victim and to secure evidence such as tracks, bullet clippings and casings. They plan to return to the scene today in an effort to reconstruct the incident to determine if any charges are applicable.

No further information is available at this time; updates will be posted on this page as they become available.

All hunters are encouraged to review the ten commandments of hunter safety:

1. Treat every firearm with the same respect due a loaded firearm.
2. Control the direction of your firearm's muzzle.
3. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
4. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
5. Unload firearms when not in use.
6. Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.
7. Never climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch or log, with a loaded firearm.
8. Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or water.
9. Store firearms and ammunition separately.
10. Avoid alcoholic beverages or other mood-altering drugs before or while shooting.

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