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Man aims for groundhog, shoots friend, police say

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- State police say a western Pennsylvania man shot his friend in the foot while aiming at a groundhog, then blamed the scope on his rifle for the incident.

Online court records don't list an attorney for 51-year-old James Sullivan, of Hempfield Township, who was charged in the incident about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Troopers from the Greensburg barracks say 51-year-old Barry Guy fell asleep on the ground near Sullivan's home when Sullivan saw a groundhog about two feet away from Guy.

Police say Sullivan was on his porch when he fired the rifle, hitting Guy in the foot.

Police say 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.

Hempfield is about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh.

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