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Man Said He Thought He Was Shooting At A Deer

COVENTRY, Vt. -- A 21-year-old Newport man is facing criminal charges stemming from the shooting and wounding of a hunter in the town of Coventry.

Vermont State Police said James Rowell thought he was shooting at a deer when he shot and hit Theron Willard, 32, of Anchorage, Alaska, in the lower extremities just before dark on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said that Rowell heard screaming after he fired the shot and then went to help.
Police said Willard was taken to North Country Hospital in Newport and then taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where he was listed in stable condition.

Rowell was cited into court on a charge of reckless endangerment.
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