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Pennsylvania Hunters Shot Texas Man Dead In National Forest, Authorities Say

Ronald J. Morosko, inset, is accused of killing Texas hunter Greg Gabrisch, pictured here with his wife, Stephanie.
Ronald J. Morosko, inset, is accused of killing Texas hunter Greg Gabrisch, pictured here with his wife, Stephanie. Photo Credit: Montezuma County Detention Center/GoFundMe photo

Two Pennsylvania hunters are accused of fatally shooting a Texas man dead in a national Colorado forest, authorities said.

The hunters were trying to lure an elk in southwestern Colorado at the San Juan National Forest north of Rico when they shot Greg Gabrisch, 31, of Houston, on Sept. 17, police reports say.

The shooter was identified as Ronald J. Morosko from Elizabeth, PA. He was charged with criminally negligent homicide and taken to Montezuma County jail, Dolores County Sheriff Sheriff Don Wilson said.

If Morosko is found guilty he faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

It took search teams 10 hours to find the Gabrisch, according to KDVR Fox31 Denver

Gabrisch was archery hunting in the area when he was shot by Morosko, who was with another man, the Durango Herald reports.

Gabrisch' community has rallied for his wife Stephanie, raising over $53,000 of a $20,000 in less than 24 hours on a GoFundMe campaign.

"If you knew Greg, you knew how happy and go-lucky he was and touched the hearts of all those that knew him," the campaign organizer writes.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie, Greg's parents, John and Nancy and 2 sisters, Julie and Lisa, according to the GoFundMe campaign.

Funeral and memorial service details have not been released.

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