Critically wounded hunter rescued from heavy woods in PG County

Maryland State Police Helicopter.

A hunter was shot and critically wounded near Fort Washington Saturday afternoon and emergency units had to hike through heavily wooded terrain to rescue him.

At about 1:15 p.m., Prince George's County Firefighters and Paramedics responded to a report of the shooting about a half-mile off the road near the intersection of Indian Head Highway and Old Fort Road in Fort Washington.

The only access to the patient was by foot so personnel carried medical and rescue equipment back into and through the woods, said P.G. Fire spokesperson Mark E. Brady.

The man, who is believed to be about 60, was located quickly and treated on the scene for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He is in critical condition, Brady said.

After stabilizing the injury, units loaded the patient into a stokes basket and carried him out of the woods.

Brady said 15 firefighters and paramedics required about 35 minutes to complete the challenging rescue.

Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 2 flew the patient to a trauma center. He was classified in critical condition.

A firefighter sustained a penetrating injury to his foot during the rescue. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released.

The Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Police Department will be coordinating an investigation into the shooting.