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NY: Hunter charged after stray bullet rips through business

Hunter charged after stray bullet rips through business
Victoria E. Freile Staff writer November 21, 2008

A Penfield man accused of accidentally firing into an auto repair shop while hunting in Wayne County yesterday is facing several charges, New York State Police said today.

Timothy S. Lewis was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and fourth-degree criminal mischief, troopers said. He was also charged with discharging a firearm across a public highway and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, both violations of state environmental conservation law, troopers said.

Lewis was hunting deer in a field north of Route 104 in Ontario, Wayne County, about 9:40 a.m. yesterday. He allegedly fired several high-velocity rounds at two deer located south of his position, troopers said.

One of the rounds missed the deer, traveled across Route 104 and struck an auto repair shop about 900 feet away, troopers said. The projectile traveled through the full length of the building. No one was injured.

Troopers said they believe Lewis killed both deer.

Lewis is expected to answer the charges in Ontario Town Court at a later date.

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