21.11.04

BORDER INCIDENT? This is not good.
Five deer hunters were shot to death and three were wounded Sunday by a man who was hunting from someone else's tree stand in northern Wisconsin, authorities said.

The bizarre attack happened in the Sawyer County Town of Meteor about noon on the second day of the gun-deer season, a time when hundreds of thousands of deer hunters are in the woods.

Sawyer County Chief Deputy Tim Zeigle said a man from the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. area, was arrested about 5 p.m. in Birchwood, just across the Sawyer County border in Washburn County.

Authorities said the rampage started after a hunting party saw a hunter they didn't know occupying their tree stand. That led to a confrontation. One victim used a walkie-talkie to call for help, but when other hunting partners came to the scene they also were shot, said Zeigle.
There is etiquette in deer hunting, and with several hundred thousand armed men roaming Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, it is important to respect it. The Superintendent encourages readers to hunt safely and courteously.

SECOND SECTION: Fox News Channel is reporting that the suspect is a Hmong immigrant from Laos who spoke little English and wasn't dressed properly for hunting, although he had a Wisconsin permit tag.

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