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NY - Man accidentally shoots his brother while hunting

News Editor
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 reported Monday.

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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