A MAN is fighting for his life after he was accidentally shot during a possible hunting expedition south of Adelaide.

Authorities were called to Springs Rd, Parawa, almost 40km west of Victor Harbor. at 3.45pm on Sunday amid reports a man had received a "serious wound to the head".

Detectives are investigating how the man came to suffer "life-threatening" gunshot wounds but the man had been at an area of native forest popular with deer hunters.

A man is taken to Victor Harbor hospital after he was shot and injured during a suspected hunting accident on a property near Parawa, south of Adelaide.
A man is taken to Victor Harbor hospital after he was shot and injured during a suspected hunting accident on a property near Parawa, south of Adelaide. Supplied

Police believe the incident is not suspicious and are treating the shooting as an "accident".

The man, who has not been named, is in a critical condition in the Flinders Medical Centre after he was flown from the Fleurieu Peninsula.

He is due to undergo emergency surgery for his serious head injury.

It is understood he was driven by another friend to the Victor Harbor hospital before paramedics arrived at the scene, almost 100km south of Adelaide.

Police at Victor Harbor hospital, after a man was shot and injured in a suspected hunting accident on a property near Parawa south of Adelaide.
Police at Victor Harbor hospital, after a man was shot and injured in a suspected hunting accident on a property near Parawa south of Adelaide. Supplied

Distraught friends and family accompanied the injured man to the South Coast District Hospital where he was lifted from a car and put on the ground before doctors took him away on a stretcher. They declined to comment.

Amid a heavy police presence, he then received emergency medical treatment before being flown to Adelaide.

A crime scene has been established around the area where he was lying and a ute thought to have belonged to the injured man.

Forensic services first attended the hospital before returning to the rural dirt road where the shooting occurred.

It is surrounded by several properties, although the incident is believed to have occurred in an area of forest.

Police have yet to confirm what caused the head injury.

Hills Fleurieu CIB detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, a police spokeswoman, said but declined to provide any further details.

Originally published as Man accidentally shot in the head

News Corp Australia


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