Monday, 05 Nov 2007
At least four hunters were shot and one killed in Minnesota
during the opening weekend of the deer season. Local police are
investigating all of the shootings and all appear to be accidental.
Craig Rupp, 60, was killed after being shot in the chest Saturday
morning in his hometown of Elbow Lake while hunting. Elbow Lake is
about 80 miles northwest of Willmar in western Minnesota. Rupp was
shot while his hunting party flushed deer out of tall grass. A deer
jumped up and shots were fired, with one shot hitting Rupp.
Duane Kaster, 62, of Aurora, Minn. was shot Sunday while hunting
near Biwabik on the Iron Range. The St. Louis County Sheriff's
office says the man was apparently shot by a 15-year-old member of
the hunting party. He was taken to a hospital in Virginia, Minn. and
later airlifted to Duluth.Kaster has been transferred to HCMC where
he is in critical condition.
Brooks Lee Marti, 26, of New Ulm was shot around noon Sunday in
Brown County. Marti and his hunting party were flushing a deer in a
wooded area east of Sleepy Eye when he was shot in the left arm by
another member of the group. Marti was taken to a local hospital
with non-life threatening injuries.
In Clearwater County in northwest Minnesota, Jeffrey Pike of
Chaska accidentally shot himself around 1:30 p.m. Saturday when he
put his gun down and it fired, striking his right bicep. He was
taken to a Fargo, N.D., hospital.
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