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Sunday, February 11, 2007

It's a dangerous world, part MCVI

Snorkeler shot after being mistaken for rodent
Man held for shooting says he thought snorkeler in Ore. river was a nutria

EUGENE, Ore. - A snorkeler who was shot in the head after he was apparently mistaken for a swimming rodent was in good condition after surgery, a hospital said Saturday.

John William Cheesman, 44, of Springfield, underwent eight hours of surgery Thursday to remove shrapnel and bone fragments from his face, said his wife, Shelley Cheesman.

"He’s doing really well," Shelley Cheesman said. "The bullet hit in front of his right ear, where the bone is the most dense. It just fragmented and didn’t go into his brain."


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