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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 01/ 8/2011

Md. hunter shot in the face

By The Associated Press

Natural Resources Police say an Elkton man was shot in the face when his muzzleloader rifle malfunctioned and shot him in the face while he was hunting in Kent County.

Forty-seven-year-old Larry Bollinger was taken to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where he was in critical but stable condition.

Police say Bollinger was hunting with friends about 8:45 a.m. Friday when he was shot. He was able to get to his ATV and drive to a nearby farmhouse and call 911.

By The Associated Press  | January 8, 2011; 10:37 AM ET
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How did the rifle malfunction? It fired just as it was designed to. That is not a malfunction. That was most likely negligence.

Posted by: oriolesfan2323 | January 8, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

or, more likely, karma.

Posted by: ohboy6 | January 8, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, at a minimum he was violating several basic safety rules, like DO NOT PUT ANY PART OF YOUR BODY OVER THE MUZZLE. That rifle didn't just randomly "go off", that doesn't happen. He left it primed and something hit the trigger or the trigger had been modified to the point where it had become unstable. Fortunately he's in good shape and will live to learn from his mistake.

Posted by: 4x4path95 | January 8, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Indeed: fast-acting karma.

Posted by: williamhuxtan | January 8, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney is in town?

Posted by: BEEPEE | January 9, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Lol. Karma!

Posted by: Special_One40 | January 9, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Lol. Karma!

Posted by: Special_One40 | January 9, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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