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NY - Hunter shot in back

(November 21, 2006) — An area hunter was shot in the back Sunday during the opening days of deer hunting season in New York.

David "Daniel" Swearingen, 49, of Horseheads, Chemung County, was hunting with relatives and friends in a brush lot east of River Road in , Livingston County, when a member of the group attempting to shoot a fox instead shot Swearingen in his lower back about 4:30 p.m., deputies said.
Swearingen was one of 13 people injured during the first days where sportsmen were permitted to hunt for deer with guns, according to officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. No one sustained any sort of life-threatening injury.

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