Twenty-four-year-old Emily Busscher of Zeeland Township suffered serious injuries when she was hit by pellets from her husband's 12-gauge shotgun. She was listed in fair condition at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids on Monday afternoon.
Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said late Monday that the investigation of the incident is continuing.
Bennett said the couple both had guns and were doing target practice on private property owned by an acquaintance in the area of 16th Avenue and Byron Road in Jamestown Township at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The husband was on top of a hill, Bennett said, when he took a shot at a rabbit just as his wife started to appear over the crest of the next hill.
Emily Busscher was hit in the face and shoulder area, Bennett said. She was taken to Zeeland Community Hospital — likely by her husband, Luke Busscher.
Emily Busscher was later taken by the Aero Med helicopter to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital.
Luke Busscher wrote on his Facebook page that his wife suffered “two collapsed lungs, some chipped teeth, some bleeding, a lot of 12-(gauge) bullet holes, blood clots to three arteries. ... But she is OK, going to make it. Thanks everyone for your prayers.”
A picture Busscher posted of his wife in her hospital bed shows her with her eyes open and giving a "thumbs up."
Bennett said evidence at the scene corroborated the stories told to police when the Busschers were interviewed separately. The continuing investigation will look into whether or not there was careless or reckless use of a firearm, he said.
State Conservation Officer Gerard Goulette said there are several shot varieties that hunters use for shooting rabbits.
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