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Florida Hunter Steven Egan Mistakes Girlfriend for a Hog, Shoots Her

A Florida man hunting wild hogs with his girlfriend mistook her for one of the animals and shot her in the legs.

ABC News reports that 52-year-old Steven Egan was with his girlfriend Lisa Simmons at Coward Hunt Camp in Flagler on Saturday night when he spotted a hog. He shot at the animal and then left Simmons behind to go track it down. When he heard a noise in the woods, he fired his rifle again, believing it was the hog.

But it wasn’t. Simmons had left her tent to collect loose oranges that had fallen from trees on the camp property. Instead of shooting a hog, Egan hit his girlfriend in both legs with the powerful .30 caliber round.

“He saw a hog and thought he shot it and went to look for it,” Maj. Steve Clair with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News  “He heard her and thought it was a hog and just shot.”

Simmons was airlifted to the Halifax Health Medical Center for surgery and is listed in serious condition.

No charges will be filed against Egan.

“He was very sympathetic that he’d shot his girlfriend,” Clair told ABC News.  ” It was an accident.  I think it was just a violation of one of the cardinal rules of hunting which is you never shoot what you don’t see.”

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