Rosemary Billquist, 43, of Sherman, New York, was killed Wednesday as she walked her dogs by a man who told police he mistook her for a deer.
Thomas Jadlowski, a neighbor, told police he shot Billquist from 200 yards away, The Buffalo News reported. He rushed to her aid after hearing Billquist scream, calling 911 and applying pressure to her wound until help arrived.
The National Rifle Association was roundly criticized after the death, but responsible gun owners shared their experience and wisdom.
After sunset, from 200 yards with a pistol. Reckless, negligent & stupid. Hopefully some jail time will make him smarter, but doubtful.
— Tom Logue (@TwentyHBCurlXup) November 25, 2017
How many times has it been said as a hunter and to a hunter. KNOW what you're about to shoot. This is horrible.
— Anthony (@ant7701) November 25, 2017
Never hunted deer with a pistol
— Dyslexic Squirrel (@belikemike) November 25, 2017
I lived in a hunting area.Had 2 Coonhounds. Come hunting season.We didn't go into the woods.
— Redhawk1462 (@LorrieElwell) November 25, 2017
Last time I went hunting was 1994, we were hunting pheasant in Iowa and some drunken fool fired his shotgun right into our group as we just got fanned and moved into the woods, "I got feathers" he exclaimed.
— Jason Plotner (@JasonPlotner1) November 25, 2017
The victim’s husband, Jamie Billquist, posted a moving tribute to his wife on Facebook.
“I will miss you and love you forever and I know you’re dancing in heaven with your momma and all of our friends and family that we have lost,” he wrote.
The shooting appeared to take place after sundown — New York law prohibits hunting after sunset.
“It’s the responsibility of the hunter,” Sheriff Joe Gerace said. “You have to know when sunset is and plan your day so you can get out of woods before that time.”
Jadlowski was armed with a high-powered, single shot handgun that’s commonly used for deer hunting. An investigation is ongoing and he has yet to be charged with a crime.
“This is a horrific incident,” Sheriff Gerace said. “This destroyed two lives.”
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