Investigation continues into the shooting of father and son |

Investigation continues into the shooting of father and son

GEORGETOWN – A shooting Sunday morning in El Dorado County has left deputies baffled.

William Hunt, 43, and his sons, an 8- and 4-year-old, were hunting on a portion of a 470-acre plot they own in the Blodget Forest area when the shooting occurred. Deputies reported that Hunt was shot with a shotgun, in the stomach and his 8-year-old son in the face. The 4-year-old was not injured. Both were listed in critical condition Tuesday, the father at Sutter-Roseville Hospital, the son at the hospital of University of California, Davis in Sacramento. The family resides in Herald, Calif.

El Dorado County Undersheriff Jeff Neves said 30 deputies and several dogs scoured dense forest Monday in hopes of figuring out where the shooting occurred and locating a rifle that Hunt reportedly had with him at the time of the incident.

“The rifle could still be out there,” Neves said. “We’re looking for some disturbed ground, maybe a shotgun casing and the rifle.”

“The key will be to interview the victims,” Neves said. “Right now they’re unavailable for interviews with law enforcement because of their medical condition.”

Hunt’s brother, Donald, also out hunting with family, found his brother and nephew injured in a vehicle they brought after the horn was honked repeatedly. Donald Hunt rushed to detach a trailer the vehicle was towing so he could travel quickly to an area where he could call paramedics on a cell phone. He reportedly said two unknown Hispanic men helped him unhook the trailer. Deputies are still trying to locate the men.

Neves said the 4-year-old told investigators that he didn’t see anyone, but he did see two shots come out of the brush.

Deputies combing the area found a small marijuana garden about 1,000 yards from a trailer on the Hunt’s property. They believe the garden was recently harvested, but it appears the Hunt family didn’t know the plants existed. Two other marijuana gardens have also been discovered in that area. One garden contained 1,700 plants, the other 1,000.

“We’re right at harvest season for marijuana,” Neves said. “Some growers safe guard their garden. Occasionally we find them living in their garden with weapons.”

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