Military officials say a civilian wounded on Fort Stewart this weekend accidentally was shot by an 11-year-old at a hunting preserve on post.
The Associated Press reported that the shooting happened around 5:45 p.m. Saturday. Civilians do not need to be connected to the military to hunt there.
Hunting and fishing on Fort Stewart are open to the public, but they must obtain installation hunting, fishing or recreational permits in addition to having a state-issued license for the activity and a photo ID, according to the regulation provided by Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson.
Children younger than 16 must remain under the direct supervision of their permit-holding parent or guardian when hunting, and any civilian or family member younger than 18 is prohibited from using firearms, unless accompanied and supervised by a parent or legal guardian older than 18, the regulation said.
The regulation also mandates that hunters of all ages must complete a National Rifle Association Hunter Safety Course before hunting on the installation.
According to Fort Stewart officials, the victim is a Richmond Hill resident and was treated at Memorial Health University Medical Center and released. However, the name of the victim has not been released by Fort Stewart because the individual has no ties to the military. Larson declined further comment.
The shooting remains under investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.