Man dies after shooting self while deer hunting in MN

Deer River, Minn. (AP) – A Minnetonka man is dead after
accidentally shooting himself in the chest during Minnesota’s deer
opener weekend.

The Itasca County sheriff says 77-year-old Daniel Otto Cermak
was hunting north of Deer River Saturday morning with a 30-30 lever
action rifle when it discharged and hit him in the chest. Rescue
personnel responded but he died at the scene.

An autopsy is being conducted.

There was also at least one nonfatal gunshot wound over the
weekend. The Beltrami County sheriff’s office says an 18-year-old
hunter from West Salem, Wis., shot himself in the leg with a
handgun about 1:30 p.m. Sunday near Becida (beh-SYE’-duh), which is
about 10 miles southwest of Bemidji.

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