Authorities identify shooter, victim in Willet hunting incident

WILLET, N.Y. — The Cortland County Sheriff's Department has identified the two men involved in a shooting that took place while both men were hunting in Cortland County Sunday afternoon.

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Shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a 911 call of a man who had been shot while hunting in a wooded area off Route 221 in Willet, east of Fish Hill Road.

Michael J. Quail, 53, of Marathon, has been identified as the shooter. The victim is identified as William J. Cobb, 24, of Willet.

Cobb was hunting by himself at the time of the incident, according to police, while Quail was hunting with a friend. Authorities say the two men did not know each other and were unaware they were hunting in the same area.

Quail fired a single round that struck Cobb in the abdomen area, according to Lt. Todd Caufield in the sheriff's department.

Caufield said in a press release Tuesday he will not be releasing information regarding "what the subject (Mr. Quail) observed prior to the victim being struck or the caliber of the weapon used." Quail was interviewed by investigators before being released.

Cobb was flown to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse where he was treated for a single gunshot wound to the abdomen and later released.

The sheriff's department continues to investigate the incident. No criminal charges have been announced.

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