Some headlines are just too good to let fade away, like “Man Shot Girlfriend Mistaken For Hog.” It simply begs to be read. And besides, it is a perfect set-up for a sequel or follow-up. What happened to the couple? Did she heal and forgive him or heal and sue him? Or worse, does the story end in her death? Well, it has been a year since a Florida man shot his girlfriend after mistaking her for a wild hog, and there’s plenty of good news to with which to update a story that looked as if it was going to have a tragic ending.
In an update to the shooting report, The Inquistr noted May 3 that the hunter, Steve Egan, today considers himself a lucky man. Although his girlfriend, Lisa Simmons, had been shot in the leg, the bullet clipping the femoral artery in what is sometimes a mortal wound, she survived. But the couple would go through a bit of an ordeal for next few months.
While Simmons recuperated, Egan was dutifully by her side. But while her body healed, she and her boyfriend were constantly reliving the incident. The headline that a man had shot his girl, one mistaken for a hog, had become a viral story and a national punchline.
They drew so much attention, they decided to delete Simmons’ Facebook page.
Even Jay Leno told their story on “The Tonight Show,” joking, ““I don’t know what is worse for the girl: having your boyfriend shoot you in the legs or saying the reason he did it was that he mistook you for a hog. Pretty awful.”
It all started when Yahoo News and other media outlets reported back in April 2012 that a Florida hunter had mistaken his girlfriend for a wild hog and shot her. Even though the details were subsequently brushed aside for the sake of a few laughs, those same details show how close the girlfriend came to dying.
Egan was pursuing an elusive wild hog that he had shot at earlier in the day. He reportedly told Simmons to remain at the campsite while he hunted. He heard movement in the brush, turned and fired, doing the one thing hunters are told never to do — fire one’s gun without identifying the target.
That mistake resulted in his girlfriend being shot in the leg.
After being shot, Simmons, a cardiac surgery nurse for 18 years, fashioned a tourniquet to staunch the blood flow while Egan ran back to camp for his cell phone with which to call 911. Simmons was lifted via helicopter to a nearby hospital.
But the horror of the incident soon became the horror of public scrutiny. Egan said that the attention finally faded when another Florida man committed an atrocity that galvanized the public’s attention away from him and his girlfriend — the story of the naked man who tried to eat a homeless man’s face.
According to Egan, he and his girlfriend remain together, their relationship strong. He says she has no ill feelings toward him.
Simmons is currently taking classes to become a nursing instructor.