Illegal shooting suspected after Springs man hit by bullet near Gold Camp Road

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TELLER COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A father and daughter enjoying the outdoors over the weekend were forced to take cover when they heard gunshots go off around them.

The Teller County Sheriff's Office says the father was hit in the shoulder by a stray bullet.

The incident happened Saturday afternoon on U.S. Forest Service land about 12 miles west of Colorado Springs. The victim and his daughter were on Forest Service Road 379 a half-mile off of Gold Camp Road collecting brass from old shell casings when they heard the live gunfire.

It took first responders a long time to get to the victim due to the remote location.

The sheriff's office says it believes there were people shooting illegally in the area and the man was inadvertently hit, though they say they have not completely ruled out an intentional act.

The victim, identified as 52-year-old Michael Fletcher of Colorado Springs, required surgery to repair the damage from the bullet. He is expected to recover.