Man, child are shot accidentally on first day of Md. hunting season

November 26, 1995|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Two people were shot yesterday on the first day of Maryland's hunting season, including a Glen Burnie man who was accidentally shot by his grandson, spokesmen for the Department of Natural Resources said.

James G. Jarvis, 59, of the 1900 block of Norwich Road, was hunting with his family at about 6:30 a.m. yesterday near a gravel pit in Odenton when he stepped in front of a 12-gauge shotgun blast fired by the 14-year-old boy.

In the other accident, a stray bullet likely fired by a hunter pierced the walls of a Middletown home and struck a 4-year-old boy in the arm, said Cpl. Robert Taylor of the Maryland Natural Resources Police. He said the boy was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released. A .30-caliber bullet was found on the floor of the boy's bedroom, Corporal Taylor said.

Mr. Jarvis suffered wounds to his lower left abdomen, left buttocks, left pinky and ring finger, officials said. He was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was listed in serious but stable condition last night at the hospital, officials said.

Darryl Claggett, a spokesman for DNR, said Mr. Jarvis was dressed completely in brown clothes and no bright orange.

Hunters are required by state law to wear some "blaze orange" so they will not blend in with their surroundings, Mr. Claggett said.

"They have to wear some type of bright orange, whether it be a hat or a vest," Mr. Claggett said.

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