Man frustrated with poaching shoots 17 year old girl hunter with shotgun (W/Pics)

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

A 17-year-old Pennsylvania girl is recovering from emergency surgery after being shot on a deer-spotting trip in rural Fayette County by a man frustrated with poaching. I'm feeling pretty rough," Cortney Snyder said from her hospital bed at UPMC Mercy. "The thing that hurts the most is my chest and my hands. I had open heart surgery." Cortney was on a deer-spotting trip with her father, Rick Synder late Sunday night, when the girl was hit with the spray from a 12 gauge Mossberg pump action shotgun.

'She looked at me and she said, 'Dad, I'm hit,' and I said, 'Cortney, look at me,' and she looked at me and said 'I love you,' and I don't know if it was from shock or what but she passed out,' Rick told WTAE.

State police said Jeremy James Pritts admitted to firing shots because he said he was 'frustrated with spotting and poaching in the area.' Snyder told police that she was in a pickup truck with her father, mother, and one more unidentified person on Foxburg Road when she saw a flash, heard a bang, and fell over.

She still has pellets lodged in her fingers, knuckles, right arm, and face. She had to undergo open heart surgery to remove one of the pellets from her heart. Her sister, Nikki, said her life may have been saved by her thick sweatshirt.

'Where she was penetrated there was thick stitching, and the pellet went through the stitching and slowed it down enough that it didn't puncture her heart,' Nikki said. Pritts was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and reckless endangerment. He is out on $100,000 unsecured bond.

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