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Stonington dad, 4-year-old involved in accidental shooting released from hospital

By Nell Gluckman, BDN Staff

STONINGTON, Maine — A Stonington man and his 4-year-old daughter were treated and since have been released from a Bangor hospital after the man accidentally shot them both Sunday morning.

Ryan Matson, 38, had been cleaning his .45 caliber handgun in his kitchen when the gun went off, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Matson was hit in the leg, and his daughter, Riley, was hit in the thigh.

The two were taken to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

McCausland said on Monday that no charges are expected.

This was the second shooting within a week that involved a young child.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, a man shot his 3-year-old daughter in the neck in Bangor, according to the Bangor Police Department.

She was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and still was fighting for her life as of 5 p.m. Friday. Bangor police Sgt. Cathy Rumsey said Monday afternoon that an update on the girl’s condition was not available.

A neighbor told the Bangor Daily News that he believed the shooting was accidental, though Rumsey said Monday that circumstances surrounding the shooting at a Bald Mountain Drive residence remain under investigation.

Nobody has been charged in the case.

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