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What a tragic event. Please be careful, and identify your target.

New Philadelphia, Ohio

A New Philadelphia woman mistaken for groundhog is fatally shot by Stark County farmer.
A man reported he mistook a woman's head for a groundhog when he shot her Monday afternoon on his farm in Sugar Creek Township.

By staff report
Posted May. 6, 2014 @ 8:04 pm

A 79-year-old man said he thought he saw a groundhog when he shot a woman out in a field on his farm Monday afternoon.
The woman died Tuesday.
The Stark County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the shooting, which appears to be accidental, and no charges have been filed, said Sheriff George T. Maier.
Natasha G. Stover, 22, of New Philadelphia, was an employee of the farm on Poorman Street SW. The man called 911 and the Brewster Fire Department responded and took the woman to Aultman Hospital. She suffered from a single gunshot wound to the head and died Tuesday in the hospital, the sheriff said.
The Stark County Coroner’s Office referred questions to the sheriff on Tuesday.
The investigation shows the woman was lying on the ground about 150 to 200 feet away shooting a BB gun at a target out in a field when the man saw the top of her head and thought she was a groundhog. He shot her with a rifle, striking her in the head.
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