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Updated: 11:49 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2012 | Posted: 11:43 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2012
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) —
State police said a Hempfield Township man shot his friend in the foot while aiming at a groundhog, then blamed the scope on his rifle for the incident.
James Sullivan, 51, was charged in the incident that happened about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
Troopers from the Greensburg barracks said Barry Guy, 51, was asleep on the ground near Sullivan's home when Sullivan saw a groundhog about two feet away from Guy.
Authorities said Sullivan was on his porch when he fired the rifle, hitting Guy in the foot.
According to police, Sullivan told them the scope on his rifle "must have been off."
Guy was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital while police filed aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and other charges against Sullivan.
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