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Deer hunter mistakenly shoots woman

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A 66-year-old Norton woman was shot yesterday by a hunter who mistook her for a deer, police said. The woman was walking her two dogs on a wooded path off Oak Street in Norton when a bullet struck her around 5 p.m., according to the Norton Police Department. Moments after realizing that his target was not a deer, the hunter, also a Norton resident, called 911, police said. The woman, whose name was not released by police, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital. There were no further details on her condition. The incident is being investigated by state, environmental, and Norton police. The hunter’s name was not released.

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