Hunter fighting to survive

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 31, 2003

EUTAW &045;&045; A man was shot by a friend while hunting Sunday in Greene County.

Daniel C. Langford, 31, of Tuscaloosa was shot in the head Sunday morning in an apparent hunting accident, said Greene County Sheriff Johnny Isaac.

Langford along with two friends, Michael Powell of Fosters and Anthony Averette of Tuscaloosa, was hunting on Silver Dollar Island in an area in northeast Greene County near the Black Warrior River and near the Hale County line.

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They had already killed one deer and were stalking another when the accident occurred. "Langford got in the line of fire," the sheriff said. It happened in a deep brush area.

Powell fired the shot that hit Langford.

None of the hunters were wearing orange safety material.

One of the hunters called in to authorities at 9 a.m. Sunday. Isaac responded to the call. His friends carried Langford to the Lock 8 Landing in Akron. He was taken by ambulance to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa.

Isaac said he was told by medical officials it would be a miracle if Langford survived.

The shooting victim was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon, according to Beth Woodruff, communications specialist with DCH Regional Medical Center.

The three were hunting illegally, and the game warden at the scene will have to decide whether they will be charged, Isaac said.

The case is still under investigation.