A Florida man accidentally shot his girlfriend when he fired blindly into the brush during a hog hunt.
From this story on ABCnews.com:
Life at home for one Florida man got a lot more complicated when he accidentally shot his girlfriend in both legs thinking she was a hog. Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies say 52-year-old Steven Egan was hog hunting Saturday night with girlfriend Lisa Simmons at a hunting camp off a rural county road in Flagler, in the northern part of the state. Around 7:30 p.m., officials said, Egan shot at a hog and then left Simmons behind in the tent to go look for it. When he heard a noise in the woods he fired his gun again, thinking it was the animal.
_Unbeknown to Egan, Simmons had also left the tent to pick up loose oranges that had fallen from trees on the property. Instead of hitting his wild target, Egan struck his girlfriend in both legs with a .30-caliber bullet. “He saw a hog and thought he shot it and went to look for it,” Maj. Steve Clair with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office told ABCNews.com. “He heard her and thought it was a hog and just shot.” Simmons, of Brandon, had to be airlifted to the Halifax Health Medical Center for surgery and was listed in serious condition.
Headlines aside, it’s no laughing matter. Simmons is lucky to be alive and Egan is extremely lucky to not have a tragic, completely avoidable death on his conscience.