January 29, 2018

VINELAND — A teen was accidentally shot while hunting near the border of Vineland and Buena Vista Township with two friends Saturday, authorities said.

A group of teenagers were hunting waterfowl about 6 p.m. when an 18-year-old boy was struck in the arm with birdshot and taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

New Jersey State Police told The Press of Atlantic City they first responded to the scene and then handed over the case to Vineland police.

he 18-year-old was shot by a gun that was being used by one of his friends, who were both minors. Police did not release the names of the victim or his friends.

Vineland Lt. Steve Triantos said the shooting appeared to be from an accidental discharge and Vineland police continue to investigate, including sending the shotgun to a police lab.

Although the area contains some rural and wooded areas, Triantos said hunting accidents like this are not common.


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