UNION TOWNSHIP -- Former High Bridge Mayor Al Schweikert and his brother, Vincent, sustained minor injuries when they were hit by birdshot in a Thanksgiving morning hunting accident at the state's Clinton Wildlife Management Area near Spruce Run Reservoir here.
The incident remains under investigation by Fish and Wildlife law enforcement personnel and State Police.According to spokesmen for the agencies, Al Schweikert
, 48, and his brother Vincent, 45, both of High Bridge
, were hit around 7:30 a.m. by pellets from two blasts of the shotgun of Joseph Lowey, 44, of Fords in Middlesex County.
was hit in three places, with officials reporting he
received "superficial" wounds to the neck, knee and thigh.His
brother was more-seriously injured, with blood gushing from his
neck after a pellet entered him between the thyroid gland and the windpipe.Al
dialed 9-1-1 but because of the remoteness of the location, the police and ambulance couldn't find them.They had to walk out to the rig.
According to Al
, many leaves were still on the trees and the bush was opaque, so the other hunter couldn't see them as he
prepared to shoot at a pheasant on the ground.
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