Ohio Farmer Shoots, Kills Sugar Creek Ohio Girl, Claims he thought she was a “Groundhog”
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, May 10, 2014
“Are you an absolute moron?”
files comes this item:
“Groundhog Girl” is Sugar Creek, Ohio Shooting Victim
Ohio Farmer Claims He Mistook Young Girl for a Groundhog, and Shot Her
If you have EVER taken a hunter gun safety course, or been in the military, one the CARDINAL RULES is, If you don’t have a clear view of what you’re aiming at, DO NOT SHOOT.
In fact, Remington Firearms calls it the:
Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.
You can’t stop a shot in mid-air, so do not fire unless you know exactly where your shot is going and what it will strike. Never fire at a sound, a movement or a patch of color. A hunter in camouflage can easily be mistaken for a target by an impulsive shooter. Before you pull the trigger be absolutely sure of your target and what’s behind it. Make sure your shot has a backstop such as a hillside or dense material like sand.
Remember, bullets can travel great distances with tremendous velocity. Know how far your shot will go if you miss your target or the bullet ricochets.
No one can call a shot back. Once a gun fires, you have given up all control over where the shot will go or what it will strike. Don’t shoot unless you know exactly what your shot is going to strike. Be sure that your bullet will not injure anyone or anything beyond your target. Firing at a movement or a noise without being absolutely certain of what you are shooting at constitutes disregard for the safety of others. No target is so important that you cannot take the time before you pull the trigger to be absolutely certain of your target and where your shot will stop.
Be aware that even a 22 short bullet can travel over 11/4 miles and a high velocity cartridge, such as a 30-06, can send its bullet more than 3 miles. Shotgun pellets can travel 500 yards, and shotgun slugs have a range of over half a mile.
You should keep in mind how far a bullet will travel if it misses your intended target or ricochets in another direction.
- Be sure of your target and what is in front of and beyond your target.
Before you pull the trigger you must properly identify game animals. Until your target is fully visible and in good light, do not even raise your scope to see it. Use binoculars! Know what is in front of and behind your target. Determine that you have a safe backstop or background. Since you do not know what is on the other side, never take a shot at any animals on top of ridges or hillsides. Know how far bullets, arrows and pellets can travel. Never shoot at flat, hard surfaces, such as water, rocks or steel because of ricochets.
In fact, the oft-reviled National Rifle Association (NRA) says the exact same thing:
- Know your target and what is beyond.
Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. This means observing your prospective area of fire before you shoot. Never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other potential for mishap. Think first. Shoot second.
Man thinks woman is groundhog in tall grass, shoots her
Kristin Anderson, WKYC
1852 EDT May 8, 2014
SUGAR CREEK TOWNSHIP, Stark County, Ohio –
A 22-year-old woman from New Philadelphia is dead after a farmer mistakenly shot her thinking she was a groundhog in the tall grass.
The shooting happened Monday in Sugar Creek Township in Stark County.
Sheriff George Maier says Natasha Stover was shooting targets with a BB gun near Poorman Road.
She laid down in the grass and that’s when the farmer — Ralph Adams Jr, 79 — thought she was a groundhog.
He fired a rifle about 165 feet away, hitting Natasha in the head.
She died the next day at the hospital.
Her family says Stover loved animals and had a special gift working with them. She also had a strong faith and loved going to the library to learn.
The sheriff says this case appears accidental but the case is still under investigation.
It is in the hands of the Stark County prosecutor’s office now for review.
Residents of Sugar Creek say their hearts break for Stover’s family and Adams.
They say he is well respected in the community.