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The shooter is a 17 year old male from Hyde Park. - Accidental Shooting


Vt. State Police - 2:55 pm Tue Oct 31st, 2006

This is an update from a press release sent out by Vermont State Police Sergeant John Flannigan.

The shooter was bird hunting on Sunday, 10-29-06, and he fired a shot high into a tree. Mr. Gates was in his tree stand in the tree and he was shot along the left side of his body. Mr. Gates fell approximately 23 feet to the ground striking tree limbs on the way down. The shooter, realizing he shot someone, tried to render aid to Mr. Gates and he sought out help.
Mr. Gates was transported by Northern EMS Rescue to Copley Hospital and he was later transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care. Mr. Gates was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit at FAHC and his condition was initially critical. As of this afternoon, 10-31-06, his condition has been upgraded. He was moved out of the intensive care unit into his own room. Mr. Gates has numerous bird shot pellets embedded in the left side of his body and he had one pellet surgically removed from his skull.
This case has been forwarded to the Lamoille County State's Attorney's Office for review. A follow up press release will be issued when this review is complete.

INCIDENT: Accidental Shooting
TROOPER: Detective Sergeant Jim Claremont
STATION: St. Albans
CONTACT#: 524-5993
DATE/TIME: This occurred at approximately 4:00 PM on Sunday, 10-29-06.
LOCATION: It occurred in a wooded area off Vermont Route 100 in Hyde Park, VT. It occurred on property owned by the Lanphear family farm near 799 Vermont Route 100.
ACCUSED: The shooter is a 17 year old male from Hyde Park.
VICTIM:
Gates, Anthony "Andy" AGE: 37
1009 Vermont Route 100
Hyde Park, VT

Relevant Address(es):
Cambridge, VT 05444 (Set as Local)
Hyde Park, VT 05655 (Set as Local)

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