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#1 Hum

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 08:18

An Ohio woman died after a Sugar Creek Township farmer accidentally shot her.

Police said that field hand Natasha Stover, 22, was shooting targets with a pellet gun in tall grass on Monday when her boss, 79-year-old Ralph Adams Jr., thought she was a groundhog and opened fire with his rifle.

The bullet struck the young woman in the head from about 165 feet away. She was taken to a hospital where she died Tuesday.

The Stark County Sheriff's Office has handed over the investigation to the prosecutor's office. Sheriff George Maier told WKYC that the shooting appears to be an accident, although the investigation is ongoing.

No charges have been filed.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 08:32

SMH... prepare for the Gun vs Control debate in...

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 08:35

Was she crawling on the ground ?

 

Humans are usually a little taller than groundhogs.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 08:42

RIP to the woman. Unfortunate accident. 

 

SMH... prepare for the Gun vs Control debate in...

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Silly topic for a gun control debate - pretty much universally accepted that farmers can own and use guns. 

 

Was she crawling on the ground ?

 

Humans are usually a little taller than groundhogs.

Big groundhogs in Ohio. They all have long hair as well, apparently. 



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 09:01

Silly topic for a gun control debate - pretty much universally accepted that farmers can own and use guns.

Exactly. Even in the UK, which has strict restrictions on firearms, I go out with a semi-automatic shotgun shooting rabbits on a local farm. The issue here is whether the farmer acted irresponsibly by shooting at an unidentified/misidentified target and should face criminal charges. Certainly he should be banned from using firearms until he has undergone firearms training and counselling to determine his psychological state.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 09:13

RIP to the woman. Unfortunate accident. 

 

Silly topic for a gun control debate - pretty much universally accepted that farmers can own and use guns. 

 

Big groundhogs in Ohio. They all have long hair as well, apparently. 

 

 

Exactly. Even in the UK, which has strict restrictions on firearms, I go out with a semi-automatic shotgun shooting rabbits on a local farm. The issue here is whether the farmer acted irresponsibly by shooting at an unidentified/misidentified target and should face criminal charges. Certainly he should be banned from using firearms until he has undergone firearms training and counselling to determine his psychological state.

I know, but it's still fuel for those that want Gun Control.  



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 09:37

"Should have gone to Specsavers"  Human , Groundhog yeah they look alike  :/



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 09:46

79 year old man confusing a person for a ground hog. Has he had his vision checked recently? 



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 10:12

[...]was shooting targets with a pellet gun[..]

 

If only they banned pellet guns, this tragedy would never have happened!

 

 

Obligatory /s tag.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 10:15

What was a 79yo even doing with a gun? Just like senile people have their driving licenses revoked, the same should apply for weapons.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 10:16

Just like how the elderly are checked more often for driving license renewals, should they be checked often for accuracy/vision if they own a gun?

 

Edit: And Asher said the same thing while I was typing :p



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 10:22

Should have gone to Specsavers.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 10:43

What was a 79yo even doing with a gun? Just like senile people have their driving licenses revoked, the same should apply for weapons.

 

There are 79yo's that are in a better mental condition than you are. Age is not a guarantee.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 11:03

No double-tap, obviously an accident.



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Posted 12 May 2014 - 11:10

I have no idea how this could happen, she was a fair distance away so the guy had to be a pretty good shot, but he confused a woman with a groundhog? Just how big to groundhogs get over there?

If only they banned pellet guns, this tragedy would never have happened!
 
 
Obligatory /s tag.


The woman who died had the pellet gun, her boss has something much more deadly.



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