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NY: Hunter shot - mistaken for a turkey

Accidental shooting sends one to the hospital

05/29/2009

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- An Oneida County man is in the hospital after he was shot during a hunting accident.

Oneida County Sheriff Deputies say William Wehnke was hunting a turkey Friday in the woods near his home in the Town of Annsville. Wehnke fired a shot at what he thought was the turkey and instead hit Matthew Brady, 26.

Brady, a private investigator, had been sent to the area to investigate Wehnke's worker's compensation case and had been laying in the woods doing surveillance. Deputies say that neither man knew the other was in the area.

Brady is in serious condition at St. Elizabeth's Hospital.

Wehnke has been charged with second degree assault.

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