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Man sighting rifles accidentally shoots Guard member

September 18, 2018

MACON, Mo. (AP) — A member of the Missouri National Guard is hospitalized after suffering shrapnel wounds in the face, apparently the result of a man who was shooting rifles to adjust their sights at a nearby property.

The Guard member was struck Monday when a bullet went through a truck windshield at a National Guard training site in Macon. The bullet lodged in a metal frame, but shrapnel hit the driver. The victim’s name and condition were not released.

Initially, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department was alerted to a report of an active shooter.

Arriving officers heard gunshots and eventually traced them to a neighboring landowner. The man told police he was adjusting the sight of his rifles. Police say the man was unaware his shot had struck anyone.

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