Man Shot While Hunting in Newton Twp

by Jennifer Bullock on May 6, 2012 at 5:45 am

The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in Newton Township.

 Around 7:45 Sunday morning, 40-year-old Mario Moralez Sr. of Lima was shot as he was hunting near Fletcher Road. Moralez was a member of a turkey hunting party and was shot once with a 12 gauge shotgun by a 15-year-old boy in the group. According to the sheriff’s office, Moralez sustained injuries to his face, chest and arms. He was transported to the OSU Medical Center in Columbus via Med-Flight, and his injuries are listed as "not life threatening". The shotgun has been recovered by authorities. The shooter’s name is not being released at this time, and the incident remains under investigation.