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Hunter shoots himself in foot with crossbow, becomes pinned to ATV

12:43 PM, Sep 20, 2011   |    comments
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Gulf Hammock, Florida -- A Florida man shot himself in the foot with a crossbow while hunting on Sunday night.

Florida Fish and Wildlife says 21-year-old John Champion was alone hunting from his ATV at the Fiber Factory Hunt Club in Levy County.

Champion, who is a paraplegic, was reportedly cocking his crossbow when he accidentally fired the bolt through his left foot, pinning it to the floor of the ATV.

He was unable to free his foot, and then became stuck on some brush when he attempted to drive out. Other hunters and family members eventually arrived and Champion was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

FWC investigators say he suffered a puncture wound and several broken bones in his foot.

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