2 shot while hunting in eastern Ky.; 1 killed

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Associated Press

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 18 at 5:03 PM

MANCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — Police say one man is dead and another injured after they were shot while hunting turkeys in eastern Kentucky.

State police told WKYT-TV (http://bit.ly/1hSSVLL) that 28-year-old Brian Griffin died from his injuries after being air-lifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Another man, 21-year-old Jason Roberts, is being treated for a gunshot wound at the hospital.

Investigators say three men went into the woods in the Clay County community of Fogertown to hunt.

The third man wasn't hit by gunfire and called 911. Police said a fourth person is suspected of shooting the men.

Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson described the shooting as a hunting accident.

"We're still in the preliminary, just trying to figure out what exactly happened here, and why it happened, and we'll get to the bottom of what happened here today," Johnson said.

State police said on Friday morning that officers are still searching for the person who shot the men.

Clay County radio announcer Earl Owens said Griffin was a standout basketball player in high school.

"Brian Griffin was an incredible athlete," Owens said, adding that he should be remembered for more than that.

"I think Brian deserves to be remembered for his humbleness," Owens said. "He was a kid that could score 40 points on the ball court but walk off and be the same Brian Griffin. He had that same smile ... that same friendly warmth that just exuded from him wherever he went."

Robert Marcum, who worked with Griffin, described him as a "typical country boy."

"He loved to fish. He loved to hunt," Marcum said. "He loved to play sports. He was very competitive. Just a great guy and I'm going to miss him. And this community and county are going to miss him."

Griffin was married and had two children.

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Information from: WKYT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com

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