Man charged for accidentally shooting fellow hunter, may lose hunting license
JORDAN TOWNSHIP - A Dalmatia-area man was injured on the first day of rifled deer season when he was accidentally shot in the arm by a fellow hunter.
Jamie Gasiewski was in a hunting party participating in a deer drive in a "rolling field" in the southwestern part of Northumberland County at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 26 when he "got ahead of the drive," said William M. Williams, information and education supervisor for the Northeast Regional Office of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
"When a buck ran back through the line, another hunter fired a round and shot another hunter in his party," reads a press release issued by Williams.
Williams said in an interview Monday that the shooter's name was Charles Erdman, of Herndon. He was using a Remington .30-06 Model 760 and shot Gasiewski through the forearm and bicep from a distance of 75 yards, Williams said.
Gasiewski confirmed the shot hit the bottom of his forearm and the bottom of his tricep, not bicep, on his right arm, which he had extended as he prepared to shoot at the same deer. Gasiewski has been told by doctors he should fully recover. He said he didn't want to comment further.
Could lose license
Erdman was charged with a summary offense of shooting at or causing injury to human beings, which is a violation of section 25-22a of the game code, Williams said. The charge was filed in the office of Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum, Sunbury.
Since this was a hunting-related occurrence, Williams said it was investigated by the game commission, and it wasn't likely there were other law enforcement agencies called to the scene.
Erdman could potentially lose his license, but the decision will be made by the law enforcement division of the game commission in Harrisburg, Williams said.
Williams advised hunters to be aware of their surroundings.
"One of the key things we say is be sure of your target and what's behind it. Have a safe background behind the animal you're aiming at," William said.
He noted that bullets don't always stop at the shooter's target.
"If it (the shot) goes through the animal, it ends up in a tree or an embankment," he said.
Williams said it's fortunate that hunting related incidents like this are "pretty infrequent" in the northeast region that his office covers.
During peasant hunting season, one pellet from a shotgun hit a person in Pike County, but the injury was minor, he said.