LISBON - The Columbiana County Sheriff's Department is investigating two accidental shootings, both which caused injuries, on Saturday.
Deputies were called to Forbes Road near the border of Madison and Yellow Creek townships after a man reported being shot in the woods. The man, whose injuries were minor, spoke with deputies along the road later. His fiancee was taking him to a hospital to be checked.
In his description to deputies, the man said he was unsure if the person firing knew he was there or not. He yelled, and they stopped. Although he was not identified by deputies, the man who was struck reportedly did not live on the road. A woman identifying herself as his fiancee said they were at a nearby home belonging to her boss.
Sheriff deputies Kevin Shulas and Jon Price interview the shooting victim in what is being called an accidental shooting on Forbes Road in Yellow Creek Township Saturday. (Photo by Patti Schaeffer
Chief Deputy Allan Haueter said late Saturday the investigating deputies had informed him the man was checking his tree stand, and at first it was believed to have been children shooting. But Haueter said it was later determined to have been someone target shooting and not using a good backstop.
Deputies did emerge from the woods with one man, but it was unknown if he was involved in the shooting or only a witness. A group of people could be seen from the road in the woods near a campfire.
The matter remains under investigation, and the prosecutors office was contacted regarding what happened.
Deputies also reported an accidental shooting earlier in the day at a Hawkins Road home in Fairfield Township. Haueter said the woman was reportedly leaving to go out hunting, and the gun discharged shooting her in the leg. Her condition was not known Saturday night.