March 20, 2007
CLINTON — A local man accidentally shot his brother Sunday while
they were hunting rabbits together.
Edward A. McKinley, 32, of 70 South Peru St., Plattsburgh was
hunting Sunday morning off the Campbell Road in the Town of Clinton
with his brother, Dustin J. Criss, 25, of 2 Covel Way, Peru.
Their dogs were running the rabbits toward them, so the men, both
wearing camouflage, decided to split up and take separate positions
in the heavily wooded area, State Police based in Plattsburgh
As a rabbit passed between them, Criss fired his Stoeger 20-gauge
shotgun in a northerly direction, State Police said.
The birdshot hit McKinley in his lower calf.
The men walked out to the intersection of Campbell and Gagnier
roads just before noon, where Churubusco Rescue Squad took McKinley
to CVPH Medical Center. He was treated there and sent home.
State Police said the shooting was still under investigation
Monday; no tickets had been issued.
It was the first local hunting accident reported this year.
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