Man, child shot on first day of hunting season Grandfather seriously injured in accident

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 in Glen Burnie was hunting with his family 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, and 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, officials said.

Darryl Claggett, a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources, said Mr. Jarvis was dressed completely in brown clothes when he was shot 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.

He said the charge of failing to wear the appropriate safety gear carries a maximum fine of $500 for the first offense.

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