Man killed after being shot by fellow hunter
FULTON COUNTY, Ind. - Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a Rochester man after he was shot by a fellow hunter on Sunday.
Officers said 28-year-old Kenneth Moore was hunting in a group of four during the youth deer season just outside of Rochester. This group included Moore, another adult male, a female adult, and a 12-year-old boy.
Corporal Ashlee Jackson with the DNR Law Enforcement Division said the group of four hunters at one point decided to split up.
"The victim was hunting with the 12-year-old juvenile and they were walking along a corn field when the shooting occurred," said Jackson.
Jackson said the adult male hunter is who shot Moore in the head.
Moore was loaded into a privately owned vehicle to go to the hospital. An ambulance met up with that car on the way and took Moore the rest of the way to the hospital.
Moore was pronounced dead at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester.
Officers said they're waiting on results of an autopsy and still investigating the incident as of Monday afternoon.
The DNR said this is the time of year when hunting safety is extremely important.
The following are safety tips for hunting while using a firearm:
- Wear hunter orange that is visible in all directions.
- Treat every firearm as if it's loaded.
- Keep the muzzle of the firearm pointed in a safe direction at all times.
- Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
- Positively identify your target before pulling the trigger.
- Always know what's beyond the target and have a good backstop.