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Hiker shot in leg in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Postby Todd » Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:34 pm

Hiker shot in leg in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
By Jamie Satterfield
Knoxville News Sentinel
Posted September 7, 2012 at 7:28 p.m.

COSBY, Tenn. — Authorities tonight are investigating a shooting in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cosby.

National Park Service spokeswoman Molly Schroer said a hiker suffered two gunshots to the lower leg in an incident this evening off the Laurel Springs Road area. The shooting was reported around 5 p.m.

"He was off the trail deep in the park," Schroer said.

The victim, who is believed to have suffered non-life-threatening wounds, was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment.

According to Schroer, the victim, identified only as a 29-year-old man, did not see the shooter and authorities do not believe park visitors are at risk. Park rangers, with assistance from the Cocke County Sheriff's Office, are investigating.

"The man claimed to have not seen his assailant, but did hear two gunshots just before he realized he had been struck," Schroer said.

"We do not perceive any threat to visitors inside the park as this incident occurred in a remote area well off established trails," Chief Park Ranger Clay Jordan said in a release.

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Re: Hiker shot in leg in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Postby Todd » Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:38 pm

Sevier County sheriff: Burglary, not hiking, may have led to shooting of man in leg
By News Sentinel staff
Knoxville News Sentinel
Posted September 10, 2012 at 11:57 a.m., updated September 10, 2012 at 4:20 p.m

SEVIERVILLE — A man who lied about being in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park when he was shot may have been burglarizing a home, rather than hiking as he first claimed.

Park officials turned the case over to the Sevier County Sheriff's Office after the victim admitted that he was not inside the park boundaries when he was shot twice in the lower leg Friday.

Sheriff's office investigators have since interviewed a subject who said he fired into a fleeing vehicle after he caught two males stealing items from outside his home in the Boyd's Creek area Friday, according to a news release from Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals today.

Authorities are looking for another person of interest, as well as any witnesses, as the investigation continues. Charges are pending, the sheriff said.

Lethco initially told park investigators that he was hiking off Laurel Springs Road in the Cosby area.

The shooting was reported about 3 p.m. Friday.

He told rangers he did not see his assailant but heard the gunshots and realized he was wounded, according to park spokeswoman Molly Schroer.

The park also is looking into possible charges against Lethco for giving false information, Schroer said today.

Lethco was flown the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was treated and later released.

More details as they develop online and in Tuesday's News Sentinel.

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