A Missouri hiker is in serious condition after being shot in the chest by a hunter who mistook him for a wild turkey over the weekend.
St. Charles County police responded to calls that a man had been shot around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Rescue crews used a utility-task vehicle to reach the man, who was transported to an area hospital by helicopter, according to KSDK.
"I could hear voices, and then I saw a hunter with a large rifle and dressed head to toe in camouflage clothes," one witness, who did not want to be identified, told the outlet.
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Val Joyner, spokeswoman for the St. Charles County Police Department, said the hunter has been fully cooperating with law enforcement.
The hunter was described as being in his 50s or 60s and dressed in camouflage, according to Rebecca Brown, who was running on a trail nearby.
Brown told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she saw emergency responders trying to help the victim onto a stretcher that was covered in a yellow tarp. The man was described as being in his 30s.
The shooting happened in the last hour of the second-to-last day of spring turkey season, which runs from April 19 to May 9, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.
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The St. Charles County Police Department is investigating the shooting.