A 15-year-old male was shot on Monday evening in the woods off Hanover Street in Hanover Township, but police said it was a hunting accident and charges are unlikely.
Around 5:30 p.m., the teen, whose name and residence weren’t released, was hunting small game with three others – two other juvenile males and an adult male, none of whom was identified.
Though further details weren’t released, Hanover police Sgt. Andrew Kratz said the boy, whom he acknowledged was from “within the area,” was shot in the abdomen with a shotgun. He was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, but the extent of his injuries was unknown.
“At this point, it appears that there’s no criminal involvement, so the investigation is being handed over to the Pennsylvania Game Commission,” Kratz said.
The wooded area near the Hanover section of Nanticoke is owned by Emerald Anthracite, Kratz said, but he was unsure whether the section the hunting party was in was privately owned.
He said trespassing charges were also unlikely because the area is often used for outdoor recreation.
“As long as they’re not damaging anything, I don’t think the people (who own it) really mind,” Kratz said.