HAMBLETON - A Tucker County man was transported by helicopter to West Virginia University Hospital Monday following a hunting accident.
Edward Lee Evans, 39, of Sugarland Road, was squirrel hunting near his Hambleton home at approximately 2 p.m. Monday.
Captain Roy E. Cool of the West Virginia Division of National Resources said the preliminary report on the accident indicated that Evans stopped and shot at the squirrel with a .22-caliber Hornet rifle; however, the gun did not discharge. Cool said Evans opened the action on the rifle and it fired, hitting him in his left foot. Cool said Evans sustained lacerations and some broken bones in his foot.
"Evans is listed in good and stable condition," Cool told The Inter-Mountain Tuesday.
Cool cautions all hunters to use basic safety rules.
"Keep the gun muzzle pointed at a safe direction at all times," Cool said. "Always treat every gun as if it is loaded, no matter if you know it is not loaded."
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is in charge of the investigation.