WDNR Reports Four Opening Weekend Shootings With One Fatality

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reporting that there were four accidental shootings opening weekend, one of them fatal. As reported Monday, a 65-year-old West Bend man was killed in Door County when he tripped exiting his blind and his shotgun went off hitting him in the chest.  Also on Sunday, a 40-year-old man in Adams County was wounded working the slide on his pistol when it discharged into his left hand. Those injured on Saturday include a 62-year-old man in Washburn County and 14-year-old boy in Saint Croix County, who were each accidentally shot by hunters in deer drives.

  • Washburn County: On Nov. 21, 2020 at approximately 11:30 a.m., a 62-year-old male victim was struck in the upper arm and face by a rifle round. The 19-year-old shooter and victim were participating in a deer drive together. The victim was taken by helicopter for medical treatment.
  • Saint Croix County: On Nov. 21, 2020 at approximately 2:55 p.m., a 14-year-old male victim was struck in the left leg by a shotgun slug. The 27-year-old shooter and the victim were participating in a deer drive together. The victim was taken to a hospital, treated and released.
  • Adams County: On Nov. 22, 2020 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the 40-year-old male shooter/victim was working the action of his pistol when it discharged into his left hand. The victim was treated at a local hospital.
  • Door County: On Nov. 22, 2020 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the 65-year-old male victim/shooter was exiting his blind with his shotgun when he tripped and the firearm discharged into his chest. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.