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Track star shot by hunters in Mass. woods

December 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A young track star is recovering on Monday after being shot by hunters while running in the woods in Mattapoisett, Mass.Mike Tiger, a senior in high school, was on a trail run with team members on Friday afternoon when he heard gunshots, and then he was tumbling to the ground.

"I wasn't sure at first if it was a bullet or a pellet or a branch," Tiger said.

Despite the area being clearly marked "no hunting," three hunters emerged, apologizing and saying they were shooting at a deer.

"We thought he was joking or something at first, but when we looked at his leg, it was pretty bad," said David Friedman, Tiger's teammate.

Police are investigating the shooting accident.

As for Tiger, he still has a shotgun slug in his leg. He hopes to have it removed next week.