VINELAND — Two juveniles face charges after a Monroeville man was accidentally shot while on a hunting trip, police said.
Officers responded to the 3400 block of East Oak Road Jan. 27 for a report of a gunshot victim and found 18-year-old Clinton Nicholson with a wound to his right elbow, police said. He was flown to Cooper University Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was released with a nonlife-threatening injury, police said.
Initially, the incident was reported as a hunting accident; the victim was duck-hunting with two 15-year-olds.
But an investigation found one of the juveniles was handling a shotgun recklessly and caused the gun to discharge, police said. The other juvenile then gave false information to police during the formal interview, police said.
The 15-year-old in possession of the shotgun was charged with aggravated assault by recklessly causing bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon. The other was charged with hindering the apprehension or prosecution of another by providing false information to law enforcement officers.