Crime

Sheriff: Woman Shot By Teen Squirrel Hunter

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LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Morrison County authorities say a 17-year-old boy shooting at a squirrel shot and wounded a woman sitting in her yard.

Witnesses say the woman was in a yard swing near Peavey Lake when she heard a shot nearby and felt a pain in her side.

Deputies were called about 5 p.m. Thursday and found first responders treating the woman for an apparent gunshot wound to her left side.

The deputies found the teen who said he had been shooting at a squirrel. The boy fired a .22-caliber rifle, and the round apparently passed through some shrubbery and struck the victim about 140 feet away.

The woman was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital. Her condition is unknown.

Sheriff Michel Wetzel says the case will be sent to prosecutors for review.

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