The 68-year-old woman, a resident of nearby Little Burnt Bay, was shot in the shoulder on Friday afternoon while four other family members — including one as young as nine — gathered around a campfire.
the family was preparing a "boil-up," or a snack and a cup of tea over the fire.
The man said the kettle had not even been put on the fire when they heard a loud
"They didn't know what it was until the woman started screaming, 'I'm shot,
I'm shot,' " said CBC News reporter Maggie Gillis, who spoke with the man.
A bullet tore through the woman's right shoulder and exited through her
The family took the woman to their truck, about 30 metres away, and called
for an ambulance.
"After that, things are a bit of blur for her husband, but he said a
difference of three inches and it would have been fatal," Gillis said.
The woman has undergone two surgeries so far.
Meanwhile, an outfitter said the incident underscores the importance of
safety in the woods — including those who head in for a simple boil-up.
"The thing is that people who are out there berry-picking, snaring rabbits or
whatever, have a responsibility to improve their own visibility," Wayne Holloway
said in an interview Monday.
"Blaze orange is the order of the day for everybody afield, it seems to me,
during hunting season."
Police said while several charges are pending against the hunter, the
incident appears to be an accident.