CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — An 81-year-old man was flown to UPMC Altoona after being shot on the top of his head in what’s being called a ‘hunting-related shooting’ over the weekend.
State College police and the Pennsylvania Game Commission responded to the shooting in College Township on Saturday, Dec. 4. The man was found with a bullet wound on the top of his head with another man, the shooter, rendering aid, according to police. The 81-year-old was flown to UPMC Altoona.
On Tuesday, the Game Warden Supervisor from the PA Game Commission Northcentral Region, Mike Steingraber, said the situation was “not a typical hunting-related shooting incident.”
Steingraber stated that the shooter was not out hunting. He was driving his vehicle up his driveway when he thought he saw a deer in the woods. He then got out of his car and fired several shots after unholstering a .45 caliber handgun. His neighbor, the 81-year-old, was walking his dog on his property and was struck on the top of his head. The shooter then realized his error and rendered aid.
“Everything the offender did was wrong in the eyes of typical hunting,” Steingraber said.
The dog was reportedly wearing an orange vest, but because it was on his property, the 81-year-old neighbor didn’t have to be in one.
The neighbor is currently at UPMC Altoona and is said to be in stable condition. Investigators are waiting to speak with him as the investigation is ongoing. Charges are currently pending.
We will have more on this unique shooting incident on WTAJ News live at 5 p.m.