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UPDATE: Two Teenagers Shot in Hunting Accident

By: Kristen Schneider; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: Kristen Schneider; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE 10/08/11 @ 8 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Two teenagers are fortunate to be alive after they were both shot in a hunting accident.

It happened Saturday afternoon in the woods along the Coal River near Alum Creek.

Tammy Holsopple was home when she got a phone call that her son had been shot.

"The first thing that went through my mind was, ‘Is he alive?" she said.

Tammy says her 17-year-old son Keith and his best friend Wade Austin brought a younger friend along to squirrel hunt in the woods along the Coal River.

Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say the younger friend was goofing off with a gun when he accidentally fired one shot that hit both his friends in their arms.

Tammy says she was horrified when she heard about the shooting.

"Words can't describe how grateful I am that they're both alive," she said.

Johnny Workman was outside his home when he heard a gunshot, followed by cries for help.

"There wasn't a decision to make but get over there and help them," he said.

Workman says the teens were hunting in an isolated area, far from any road, so he and his son-in-law took their rowboat across the river. The wounded teens got in the boat, and Workman and his son-in-law pushed them a couple hundred yards up the bank and to the other side where emergency crews could get to them.

Workman says they were fortunate the gunshot only hit them in the arms.

"One of them even said he'd never go hunting again,” Workman said. “I’d say it was a wakeup call for them, and I think more emphasis on gun safety would be called for."

Tammy says as she and emergency crews arrived the teen who shot his friends was white as a ghost and shaking, terrified by what he’d done.

She says her son and Austin are experienced, responsible hunters, but they shouldn't have brought along someone younger with little hunting experience.



UPDATE 10/08/11 @ 3:25 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two teenagers were shot in a hunting accident Saturday.

It happened near Coal River Road in Tornado just after 2 p.m.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies tell WSAZ.com several teenagers were out squirrel hunting, when one of them accidentally shot the two other teens in the arm.

The two injured teens were taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies are speaking to the teen they believe accidentally pulled the trigger. At this time, they say he's in shock.

Stick with WSAZ.com for the latest information.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are on the scene of a double shooting in Kanawha County.

911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com two people have been shot at a home in the 5000 block of Coal River Road in the Tornado area.

No word on the victim's conditions.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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