[monkeywire] Hunter shoots man after mistaking him for monkey
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Wed Jul 30 15:04:41 EDT 2003
Hunter shoots man after mistaking him for monkey
KOCHI -- A Kochi Prefecture resident suffered head injuries here
early Tuesday after a hunter mistook him for a monkey and shot him,
The resident, Hiroshi Tokorotani, 59, was hit with shotgun pellets in
the left side of his head and his left check in the incident that
occurred in the Kochi Prefecture district of Sukumo at about 8:25
a.m. Tuesday, police said. His injuries are not life-threatening.
Police said they were questioning Takao Akitsuki, 64, the hunter who
accidentally shot Tokorotani, on suspicion of professional negligence
resulting in injury.
Investigators said Akitsuki had been out killing monkeys and wild
boar in the area that morning after being requested to do so by
When he caught a glimpse of Tokorotani putting up a net to keep out
harmful animals near his residence, he reportedly mistook him for a
monkey and fired a shotgun blast.
"I saw a black object moving in the thicket, and it moved toward the
mountains, so I thought it was a monkey," Akitsuki was quoted as
telling police. (Wire reports, Japan, July 29, 2003)
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