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Investigation continues in shooting death of hunter

By:  Melanie Gillespie

ADAMS TWP., CAMBRIA CO., Pa. - Police and game commission officers are working to put the pieces together of Saturdays shooting death of a hunter.  Those investigators said Monday they still dont know who exactly pulled the trigger, or logistically how it happened.

"It's still an active investigation, Pennsylvania Game Commission officer Tom Fazi said.  Our officers are piecing together what happened, reconstructing the scene and we're still working on it."

The victim was identified as 42-year-old Timothy Bruce from Ashville.  He died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.  Police say a fellow hunter fired the fatal shot near Seesetown Road in Adams Township, Cambria County.

Fazi said most hunting-related shooting incidents are preventable.

"All the members of the hunting party have to be constantly vigilant and aware of where the other people are, especially when you're driving deer, he said.

The game commission said Bruce was with a group of at least eight hunters that appear were following wildlife codes, including wearing 250-square inches of florescent orange.
"This was just an unfortunate accident that took place, said Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski.  It looked like everybody was following the game laws that had to be followed."

With a week left of deer season, the game commission is urging hunters to think before aiming and firing.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times