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Squirrel hunter charged with shooting bow hunter in Minn.

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STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) -- A 20-year-old Minneapolis man is charged with a felony after he allegedly fired a shotgun at what he thought was a squirrel and hit another hunter.

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Washington County prosecutors charged Neng Xiong (shung) with felony discharge of a firearm on Tuesday in the hunting accident that wounded a bow hunter in Bayport Wildlife Management Area on Oct. 25.

The criminal complaint alleges that Xiong was hunting squirrels with a 20-gauge shotgun loaded with birdshot when he accidentally shot the other hunter, who was kneeling on the ground.

Xiong told investigators he saw something gray moving in some leaves and fired. The other hunter was about 40 feet away when he was hit in the back. He got birdshot from his waist to his head.

The wounded hunter was able to speak with sheriff's deputies shortly after being shot.

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