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HUNTER'S BULLET MISSES BABY BUT HITS GRANDMA

The St. Catharines Standard,
Wednesday, October 13, 2002

By The Canadian Press
SIKSIKA RESERVE, ALTA

A woman underwent more surgery Tuesday as doctors repaired damage to her arm caused by a high-powered bullet that narrowly avoided striking her baby granddaughter.

Roanna Axe, 52, was holding six-month-old Haven in her Siksika reserve home as she visited with her sister Sunday. She had just switched the baby from her left hand to her right when she felt her left wrist burst.

"They're doing some skin grafts on my mother," said Axe's daughter Jamie.

"But she's expected to get the full use of her arm back."

RCMP said Axe was hit by errant gunfire from nearby hunters. A .303-calibre slug fired from about 400 meters away ripped through the door of the trailer home, hit her wrist, exited it and continued through a wall to the outside.

"Police still haven't found the bullet," Jamie said.

A group of men were hunting deer from a truck when shots were fired. Two rounds from a big game rifle were fired, one harmlessly and another that struck Axe.

The hunter who fired the shot was unaware of the injury he caused until questioned by police.

 

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