BARNSTABLE (CBS) – A Barnstable man says he is lucky to be alive after he was accidentally shot by a hunter Monday night.

“Two or three more inches and we might not be having this conversation right now,” Jonathan Way told WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields. “I was lucky. I wasn’t lucky to get shot, but I was lucky where it went.”

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Way was struck by pellets in both hands and his upper back.

The shooting happened near Mary Dunn Road in Barnstable. The hunter, 47-year-old Sean Houle, was arrested at the scene and appeared in Barnstable District Court on Tuesday.

Sean Houle, the Cape Cod hunter who police say accidentally shot someone. (WBZ-TV)

Sean Houle, the Cape Cod hunter who police say accidentally shot someone. (WBZ-TV)

He was hunting with what police call a black powder gun, almost like a musket. He fired two shots and then heard the victim scream out, ‘stop I’ve been hit.’

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“I felt something and obviously heard the bang and said ‘holy cow this is actually hitting me’ so I dove to the ground and made a yelling noise,” Way said.

Houle faces several charges, including unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful possession of a firearm and careless or negligent use of a weapon causing injury. Bail for Houle was set at $4,000.


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