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Mistaking His Girlfriend for a Hog, Man Shoots Her Through Both Legs; Gunshot Suicide in Bunnell

| April 22, 2012

The shooting took place in a deeply rural area iof western Flagler County.

Last Updated: Sunday, 7:19 p.m.

A 51-year-old woman was reported shot through the femur Saturday evening in the woods off County Road 305, north of County Road 304. The shooting was reported at 7:35 p.m., but it took rescue personnel 20 to 25 minutes to locate the patient.

Flagler County Fire Flight was able to land at the scene at 8:08 p.m., and took off with the woman, heading for Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach, at 8:30 p.m. Several Flagler County Fire Rescue units remained at the scene.

Sunday evening, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office reported that Steven Egan, 52, and his girlfriend, Lisa Simmons, 52m of Brandon, were hunting at the Cowart Hunting Camp off 305. They were inside a hunting tent when Egan saw a hog. He took aim and shot, but when he looked for it in the woods, Egan couldn’t find the animal. He heard a noise. He thought it was the hog. It was dusk. He aimed. He fired.

The .30 caliber rifle bullet traveled through one leg and out, shattering the femur, and struck the other. Egan told deputies he was unaware that Simmons had left the tent.

At 8:29 Saturday evening, another shooting was reported–in Bunnell, at 46 Pine Forest Circle, which is part of a mobile home park off of State Road 11, just past downtown Bunnell. The victim was a woman. The shooting was fatal, involved a gun, and was reported as a suicide.

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14 Responses for “Mistaking His Girlfriend for a Hog, Man Shoots Her Through Both Legs; Gunshot Suicide in Bunnell”

  1. Ron says:

    Why in the world would you just fire at a “noise” you heard in the woods without identifying a target? Senseless, and just plain stupid.

  2. palmcoaster says:

    Score: Hogs 1, Hunters 0.
    This is why I rather use my brains to highlight my life, instead of guns.

  3. palmcoaster says:

    Maybe hogs, other wild life and humans a bit safer East of Rte 1..?

  4. Outsider says:

    There have been a whole lot more humans shot in Palm Coast in the last year than “west of U.S. 1.

  5. Sherry Epley says:

    Oh No! No gun regulation needed here! Not at all! (see a smirk)

  6. Haw Creek Girl says:

    Rofl, hogs and wildlife…..pretty much all us westerners think of past of ‘rt 1’. Money hogs that marketed to the wildlife.

  7. palmcoaster says:

    @Outsider. I was just kidding..but I mean really those hogs better head our way if they want to survive. No wonder a Macau monkey moved this way from the west and is wondering around near the intracoastal.

  8. speedstrixie says:

    They were in a hunting tent together and he didn’t know she had left the tent?! That’s some tent.

  9. blondee says:

    “Sorry honey, I thought you were a pig”. Oh, he’s gonna pay for that for the rest of his life!!!!!

  10. Initialjoe says:

    This is why I would use a bow.

  11. Outsider says:

    Sherry, there are already gun regulations, but that doesn’t guarantee complete safety especially when people don’t follow safe practices. The same could be said for driving automobiles; there’s a whole litany of regulations pertaining to driving, but that doesn’t prevent a dozen crashes (or more) a week here in Flagler County, including some fatalities. Alcohol is highly regulated, but people die of alcohol related causes all the time. Prescription drugs are regulated but that doesn’t stop abuse. In the interest of safety, the government could prohibit people from ever leaving their houses, but people would still fall down the stairs, slip in the shower, or cut their fingers off in a food processor. Frankly, I’ll take my chances with LIVING life. Thank you for your concern.

  12. Sherry Epley says:

    @ Outsider & Chuck. . . Yes, of course there will always be people (of questionable intelligence/common sense) who will refuse to comply with any laws or regulations, no matter how reasonable. For example, certainly, one could not argue with the fact that we are all much less likely to get injured or killed in an automobile accident since wearing seat belts is legally required, and the car manufacturers are legally required to provide air bags in new vehicles, etc. Citizens protested vigorously against those regulations. There are far too many folks out there who have the mind set that if it’s “not against the law” then I can just do as I #$% please, and to hell with my neighbors, community, country, world if they don’t like it. Laws and regulations are passed by legislators to protect the freedoms and rights of citizens, in general. No everyone will comply, but most will. . . and what are the options. . . no rules at all? Or only the rules that you, personally, like?

    Consider the possibility that if all those desiring to purchase any gun were required to:

    1. Submit to a background check- to prevent those with a criminal or violent history from obtaining a weapon
    2. Take a gun safety course (which may have helped in this case)
    3. Wait some amount of days before taking possession- to allow for a cooling off period
    4. Require verified identification and legal registration of said weapon- to promote an understanding of serious responsibility for its safe handling and use by the owner and others.

    These kinds of regulations would require very little effort on the part of responsible gun owners and would allow the general public a measure of safety against irresponsible gun owners.

    • Chuck says:

      1 you do have to pass a background check to buy a firearm.
      2 you do have to take a hunters/gun safety course to get your hunting permit.
      3 there is a cooling off period. Although not with rifles. Most crimes or accidents happen with handguns.
      4 that’s why guns come with serial numbers.
      I guess if you never bought a firearm or hunters permit you would not know about these steps but you could do a little research before you post comments.

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