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GAME COMMISSION FILES CHARGES AGAINST CALIFORNIA TEEN IN HUNTING ACCIDENT

The Associated Press December 16, 2003

A California teenager has been charged by the state Game Commission in connection with a hunting accident that seriously injured at 70-year-old man.

The 16-year-old boy was taking a rifle off his shoulder in Hanover Township, Beaver County, on Dec. 9 when the gun went off, according to the game commission.

A bullet from the rifle struck William Vujasin who was standing about 10 feet away and passed through his body, game officials said. He was in serious condition at the Allegheny General Hospital on Tuesday, hospital officials said.

The boy, who was not identified, was charged with injuring another person while hunting and also hunting without a nonresident license.

The charges, both misdemeanors, were filed through the Beaver County juvenile division.

The commission said Monday it would not file charges against two hunters accused of firing at a man last month.

A landowner said he had been shot by two men hunting for turkey on his property.

The hunters were not on the man's property and there was no evidence that he was shot as he had claimed, said Doug Carney, a wild life conservation officer with the commission.

Police in Hopewell Township, where the alleged shooting occurred, said they will investigate the homeowner who attacked one of the men on the ground.

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