Man accidentally shoots girlfriend while hunting

Hunter says he was aiming for hog

Published On: Apr 22 2012 05:06:03 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 23 2012 04:44:44 PM EDT
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BRANDON, Fla. -

A 52-year-old Brandon woman is recovering after her boyfriend accidentally shot her instead of a hog while the two were hunting in Central Florida.

Flagler County sheriff's deputies said it happened Saturday night at the Cowart Hunt Camp on County Road 305.

Deputies said Steven Egan, 52, and his girlfriend Lisa Simmons were inside a tent when Egan saw a hog. He shot at the hog but wasn't sure if he hit it.

Egan then walked out of the tent to look for the hog. When he heard some rustling in the woods, he fired again.

Instead of hitting the hog, Egan shot Simmons with his .30-caliber rifle. The bullet went through both of her legs.

Egan told police he didn't know Simmons had left the tent.

Simmons was airlifted to Halifax Medical Center, where she underwent surgery Saturday evening. She was listed in serious condition.

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