COALMONT -- Charles Bickel, 42, Jasonville, suffered a broken leg when he was struck by an unknown projectile while hunting mushrooms on family owned property, in Sullivan County -- near Coalmont.
Conservation Officer Matt Landis is conducting a criminal investigation regarding the weekend incident.
"Indiana Conservation Officers responded to the scene and located a bullet by the aid of a metal detector. A 9mm handgun was also seized from an 18-year-old man, who had been target shooting in the area. The man had been target shooting over 2,000 feet away from where Bickel was struck," according to Conservation Officer spokesman Max Winchell.
Bickel was transported by family members to Sullivan Community Hospital for treatment.
Winchell reminded firearms owners to be careful and offered the following tips:
* When shooting a firearm, you should always shoot into an area that has a suitable backstop. A suitable backstop could be a large mound of dirt or a hill. Never shoot into a hard, flat surface, or water, and
* Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.