Experienced hunter killed in freak accident during target practice

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IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. — A freak accident during target practice resulted in the death of an experienced hunter, WSOC reported.

Robert Tatum, 23, was target practicing at close range when a bullet ricocheted off a steel target and struck him in the chest.

Tatum’s fiancée found him dead Wednesday night at his home on Tatum Road.

Neighbors told WSOC the couple has young children and were getting ready to get married.

Johnnie Sutphin, who is a former law enforcement officer and owns a gun shop, said it is very rare for a shot to ricochet right back at the shooter but it can happen if precautions aren’t taken.

“The angle of that target is extremely important,” Stuphin told WSOC. “Primarily they should be angled down toward the ground.”

Read more: WSOC

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