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Man in serious condition after accidental shooting in Caldwell Parish

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COLUMBIA, La. (KNOE 8 News) - An Illinois man has been airlifted to an area hospital after accidentally being shot in the stomach.

Melvin Zimmerman of Caldwell Parish was on a hunting/fishing trip with his brother Dantist Zimmerman, and nephew Dantist Zimmerman, Jr., both of Bowling Brook, Illinois. The three were parked on the levee along the Ouachita River in Caldwell Parish, when Melvin reached for a gun in the backseat of the truck.

According the to Caldwell Parish Sheriff's Office, Melvin accidentally hit the trigger, shooting Dantist Zimmerman, Jr. in the stomach who was standing outside the vehicle. The 20-year-old was airlifted to an area hospital. Officials say he is in critical condition.

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