Gary Johnson, the Dallas-area man who accidentally shot himself while dove-hunting Monday near Bangs, is in critical condition at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, a hospital spokesman said.
Johnson, 60, had just shot a dove on rural property off FM 586, about a mile south of Bangs, and was trying to retrieve the bird when when his shotgun accidentally discharged, sheriff’s officials said earlier. Johnson was struck in the abdomen by 12-gage birdshot and was flown by an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter to the Temple hospital.
Another hunter told deputy Byron Langley that Johnson had shot the dove and he and Johnson were walking up a hill to retrieve the bird. Johnson found the dove in a bush on the hill, bent over to retrieve the bird and slipped on rocks. As Johnson fell, the shotgun fired. Johnson fell backwards and rolled down the hill, landing on his back, the the other hunter told Langley.
Sheriff’s officials said earlier that Johnson was hunting with a group from Dallas, but others in the party where at a distance when Johnson went to retrieve the bird. Officials said earlier that Johnson was with his 7-year-old grandson, who lives in Brown County, when the shooting happened. It was unclear from Langley’s report, from which names had been redacted, whether Johnson’s grandson was the other hunter referenced in Langley’s report.