Audrey Mayo and Matthew Webb have only known each other for a few months. And although they started off as friends, as many couples do, the official kickoff to their relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend was a bit unconventional.
Webb, 23, accidentally shot Mayo, 24, in a hunting accident in November in LaFayette, Ga., according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
“Cupid doesn’t use a bow and arrow anymore,” Jesse Greer, Mayo’s brother-in-law, told the newspaper. “He uses an SKS” rifle.
In an article after the Nov. 21 accident, the Times Free Press reported that Webb had been deer hunting at night when he heard a sound. Thinking it was an animal, he took a shot. It was Mayo, and she was hit in the leg.
“It was a really bad scene,” LaFayette Police Department Capt. Stacey Meeks told the newspaper at the time. “There was a massive amount of blood.”
Webb called 911 and Mayo was taken to the hospital by helicopter. The bullet sliced through nerves and veins and came out through her kneecap. The Times Free Press reported that the injury could impair the circulation in her leg permanently and she won’t be able to put weight on it for a few months. If things go wrong, it could require amputation.
Watch this Chattanooga News video after the accident:
Who would have thought that a romance would blossom from this?
When Mayo woke up in the hospital after the accident, the Times Free Press reported that Webb was sitting in the room with a prepared note. The rest is history.
“It’s like a modern version of how a caveman used to bash a woman over the head with a club,” Rachel Mayo Greer, Mayo’s sister, told the newspaper. “These days, they just shoot her in the leg.”
But it’s not all entirely a happy ending. Webb was arrested after accidentally shooting Mayo. Meeks told the Times Free Press he also admitted to taking illegal drugs the day of the accident.
The state Department of Natural Resources is investigating the case, which the Free Press reported in its first article, includes several violations that could be brought up as charges.
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