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NC: Hunter Accidentally Shoots Man, 13-Year-Old Boy

Police: Hunter Accidentally Shoots Man, 13-Year-Old Boy

Man, Son Injured In Shooting

December 31, 2010

MCLEANSVILLE, N.C. -- A deer hunter with a shotgun accidentally shot a man and his 13-year-old son in McLeansville on Thursday night, police said.

A Guilford County Sheriff's Department representative said 38-year-old John Strickland and his son were walking along the edge of the woods in the 2300 block of Huffine Mill Road just before 6 p.m. when they were shot by 24-year-old John Warden, of Burlington.

Warden was tracking a deer when Strickland and his son entered the same area, police said.

The boy received a minor injury to his wrist and was taken to a hospital for treatment and released. His father received a bruise on his waist.

Police attributed the shooting to poor lighting and Warden's failure to confirm his target. Warden and Strickland are cousins, police said.

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