Worker injured in accidental shooting

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Accident resulted from the worker having pistol in vehicle.


HILLSVILLE — A construction worker was injured by an accidental discharge of a firearm Monday at the U.S. 58 bypass construction site, according to Hillsville police.

Police have identified the victim of the shooting as Theodore Clayton Fortune, 46, injured after the pistol in his truck accidently went off, according to a press release from the HIllsville Police Department. Carroll EMS responded to the scene to treat the victim, who was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.,

Hillsville officers responded with members of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police.

The police department has received a number of calls from concerned citizens who had heard a variety of rumors in connection with this incident.

"While this incident is very unfortunate, at no time was the public in danger," Police Chief Steve Williams said. "We are currently working with the contractor and have been assured that company policy strictly prohibits the possession of firearms on the job site.

"We firmly believe this is an isolated incident," Williams said.