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Hunter shoots ice fisherman in West Gardiner, wardens say

WEST GARDINER (WGME) -- Maine State Police say a hunter accidentally shot a man ice fishing when the hunter shot at a squirrel and missed.

Maine Wardens responded to the Cobbosseecontee Stream at the end of Manning Dr. around 11:30 Sunday morning, across the pond is the West Gardiner Rod and Gun Club.

Investigators say 21 year old Bryan Hickey of West Gardiner was hunting porcupines in the woods nearby, shot at a squirrel in a tree, but missed, striking 54 year old Scott Fraley of Raymond. The bullet hit Fraley in the back of the head as he was standing over his fishing hole.

The victim's friends held his head to stop the bleeding before he was taken to Maine Medical Center in Augusta. He was released Sunday night.

Fraley's wife, Lisa Fraley told CBS 13 News Sunday night he is recuperating and resting at home, and thankful to the Maine State Police, Fish and Game Wardens, first responders and the ice fishermen with him for responding so quickly.

State Police say Hickey is fully cooperating with the investigation. The incident remains under investigation and will be reviewed by the Kennebec County District Attorneys Office.