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NJ:Deer hunter accidentally shoots into Flanders home

Deer hunter accidentally shoots into Flanders home (I'm so glad it was accidental!)

Owner returns to find half-inch hole in wall, shotgun slug on floor

JANUARY 14, 2009

MOUNT OLIVE -- A shotgun slug was found in a man's bedroom on Monday after a deer hunter apparently misfired, authorities said.

At about 3:30 p.m., John Zaneski, 59, returned to his Tinc Road home in Flanders and found a half-inch hole in his wall and a shotgun slug on his bedroom floor, according to police department spokesman Officer Russ Hatzel.

A shotgun slug is a heavy lead projectile used to hunt deer, he said.

There were no injuries reported at the home, which borders a wooded area where hunting deer and small game is legal.

"It appears that a hunter took a shot and missed," Hatzel said.

"All persons engaged in hunting are reminded that it is unlawful to discharge a firearm within 450 feet of a structure or road way, and in addition, all firearms safety rules must be followed, including knowing one's target and what is beyond."

A red pick-up truck was seen in the area, but the make and model of the vehicle are unknown.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Officer Scott Price at (973) 691-0850, ext. 7585.

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