EAGLE LAKE, MS (WLBT) - A former LSU football player was seriously injured in a hunting accident near Vicksburg.
Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said a 911 call was received around 10:00 a.m. on December 28 stating that a man had been shot in the leg during a hunting trip.
Mississippi Blood Services identified the man as Matt Branch.
Pace said the victim and several friends were found along Highway 465 about one mile south of the Eagle Lake Community.
Eagle Lake Fire Department responded to the scene and assisted Branch until Vicksburg Fire Department personnel arrived.
Branch was transported to River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg and later to UMMC in Jackson.
Friday, Ruth Cummins, with UMMC, said Branch remains in serious condition.
Pace said the group had been hunting and had loaded their weapons into a utility vehicle when one gun discharged, hitting the victim in the leg.
Pace said the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks is the lead agency in the investigation.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Department is assisting in the investigation.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the Branch family.
MS Blood Services said that Branch suffered damage to his femoral artery and needed over 150 units of blood.
Mississippi Blood Services is suffering a critical blood shortage right now. They are declaring this shortage of blood a crisis and emergency shortage.
They are pleading with the public to donate to help people like Branch.