Update: People Hurt in Hunting Accident Identified

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Nebraska Game and Parks is investigating a hunting accident at Yankee Hill Lake about 12 miles southwest of Lincoln.

Denton resident Francisco Barbosa Almazan, 27, and his 8-year-old son were hurt while hunting doves. Both took pellets to the face from the shotgun of 23-year-old Arturo Garcia of Omaha, who was hunting in the same area. Garcia swung on a dove, shot, and struck the victims.

Almazan was treated and released from Bryan LGH Medical Center West and his son was held overnight for observation. A third member of their hunting party was not injured.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

"There were some hunters hunting on a wildlife management area" said Levi Krause, Nebraska Game and Parks. "One hunter shot at a dove apparently it was over a slight ridge. We believe that the pellets from his shotgun injured two individuals from the side of the ridge."

According to the Nebraska Game and Parks website, dove season opened Sunday, Sept. 1 and runs through Oct. 30.

Yankee Hill Lake is a Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Game and Parks reminds hunters to always be sure of their target and what lies beyond their target.