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Area teen accidentally shot while hunting woodchucks

August 29, 2011

By Michael Novinson, RecordOnline.com

SLATE HILL — An accidental shooting Thursday resulted in criminal charges for one teen and bullet wounds for another.

State police said that four 15- and 16-year-old boys were hunting woodchucks at about 3 p.m. near a pond.

One of the four boys accidentally discharged a round from his .17-caliber Mossberg rifle, which struck the water on the pond, ricocheted up and wounded the victim in his chest and left arm. The victim was taken to Orange Regional Medical Center in the Town of Wallkill and released.

The shooter was charged with reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, and released to his parents. The teens were old enough to legally carry rifles, said Capt. Joseph Tripodo.

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