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VT: Hunter Shoots Another Hunter From Behind


Police Investigate Apparent Hunting Accident Hunter Shoots Another Hunter From Behind

POSTED: 11:48 pm EST November 18, 2008
UPDATED: 12:29 pm EST November 19, 2008

COVENTRY, Vt. -- Vermont State Police are investigating what appears to be a hunting accident in Coventry.

A hunter from Alaska was hospitalized after he was apparently shot by another hunter. The victim, Theron Willard, 32, of Anchorage, AK, was seated on a game chair in a field when he was shot by another hunter, 21-year-old James Rowell of Newport.

Rowell told police he was hunting on a knoll close to the field when he saw a group of deer and attempted to shoot what he thought was a buck with his hunting rifle.

After the shot, Rowell said he heard screaming and realized he had shot another hunter.

Willard was transported to North County Hospital in Newport for a gunshot wound to his lower extremities. He was later moved to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.

Rowell was charged with Reckless Endangerment and is scheduled to appear in Orleans County District Court on December 2nd.  

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