Standish man shot in blind eye while turkey hunting with son

Posted April 30, 2012, at 5:43 p.m.

WINDHAM, Maine — A Standish man was seriously injured when he was hit in the eye with a birdshot pellet while turkey hunting with his son Monday morning.

Joseph Kennedy, 61, was hunting off Anderson Road in Windham with his son Kevin Kennedy, 29, of Westbrook around 9:45 a.m. when the pair split up to stalk two turkey flocks, according to a Maine Warden Service press release.

After hearing a gunshot, Kevin Kennedy began walking in the direction of the shot. While walking, he saw two turkeys and fired three shots, according to the release.

Kevin Kennedy unknowingly shot toward his father, who was in a nearby wooded area, Maine Warden Service spokesman John MacDonald said.

A birdshot pellet became lodged in Joseph Kennedy’s left eye and he was taken to Portland for eye surgery.

Joseph Kennedy has been blind in his left eye since birth, according to the release.

Maine game wardens are looking into the incident, which remains under investigation.