52-year-old Joel Dale, of Munice, Indiana, was with a friend at the Deer Creek Conservation Club shooting range when for some unknown reason his SKS miltary-style assault rifle discharged several times.
Dale was shot twice in the abdomen and had to be flown by medical helicopter to the Fort Wayne hospital. The bullets pierced his small intestine and part of his colon. He also had major damage to his skin tissue and it will take multiple surgeries to close the wounds. He is currently in stable condition and is expected to remain in the intensive care unit of the trauma center for at least two weeks.