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Hunter fatally shot by another near Kokomo

KOKOMO, Ind. — Authorities say a central Indiana man has been fatally shot in an apparent hunting accident.

The Howard County Sheriff's Department says 28-year-old Joseph Steele of rural Kokomo was shot in the chest Saturday evening and died a short time later.

Capt. Greg Hargrove says witnesses told investigators that Steele had been hunting with family members in woods near his home west of Kokomo when the group split up and others lost sight of the victim. One of the hunters fired at what was believed to be a squirrel, only to hear Steele cry out that he had been shot. He was able to talk to others before losing consciousness.

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