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Hunter charged after shotgun round strikes Gainesville house

A shotgun round that struck a house in Gainesville late on Thanksgiving Day led to the arrest of a Bliss man on misdemeanor charges of fourth degree criminal possession and second degree reckless endangerment, officials said.

The incident prompted a joint investigation by state police in Warsaw and the state Department of Environmental Conservation Police. They discovered that a hunting party had fired several shots at a deer, one of which hit the house.

Investigators said Christopher M. Horner, 33, had fired the round. Horner has a felony conviction from 1998 for attempted burglary, which prohibits him from possessing the 12 gauge shotgun that was allegedly used in the house-shooting incident. He was also issued a summons by DEC officers for failure to properly accompany a 14-year-old hunter.