Duck shooter arrested for shooting another hunter; injured man in hospital

News from NZ Police
Masterton Police have arrested a 44 year old man in relation to the accidental shooting of another 44 year old while duck hunting north of Masterton on Friday.

The man will be facing a charge of careless use of a firearm causing injury, and has been bailed to appear in the Masterton District Court at a later date.

The victim of the shooting remains in a stable but serious condition at Wellington Hospital.

News from NZ Police – May 3
On the first day of the duck-shooting scene, a 44-year-old man was accidentally shot in the elbow in the Wairarapa.

At about 11.20 am an ambulance was called to north of Masterton.

Police found that the man was suffering significant trauma to this area of his arm.

He was taken to Wellington Hospital by the Palmerston North rescue helicopter.

Police are investigating and interviewing witnesses.

Although the circumstances of this incident are still under investigation we remind the public that firearms should always be handled in a safe manner and even a momentary lapse can lead to serious injury or death.

The DomPost reports that the Mountain Safety Council’s firearm and hunter safety programme manager says she understood the man had been shot by someone in his own hunting party.

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