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Mattapoisett Track Star Shot By Deer Hunters

MATTAPOISETT (CBS) -- A Mattapoisett track star is recovering from a gunshot wound, after he was apparently shot by deer hunters on Friday.

Michael Tiger, a senior at Old Rochester Regional High School, was running through the woods near the school with a couple of friends, like they always do, when something happened.

"We heard a gunshot, and I felt something clip my leg, like something hit it," Tiger said. "I wasn't sure at first, but I saw the bleeding and I saw a hole, as if it were a gunshot."


WBZ News Radio's Doug Cope reports.

Tiger underwent six hours of surgery. "(The bullet) went through my left calf… they said it was amazing how it went through most my leg, but missed every artery, blood vessel and bone."

Tiger says he plans on staying out of the woods for a while.

Police have not identified the shooter. There were at least four hunters in the woods at the time Tiger was shot, police said.

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