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Fishing party ends in a shooting

MidiLibre/Scoop, Apr 4

Three men were fishing at the weekend on the edge of the Vidourle between Sommières and Villevieille, Gard.

A fight broke out between the fishermen from Alès and residents of Sommières. One of the men has been indicted for attempted murder, and the other two for aggravated violence.

The fishermen had just started fishing, when a resident of Sommières passed by with his girlfriend. One of the fishermen apparently made rude and racist remarks. The resident went back to Sommières to get two of his friends, and arrived back at the river.

One of the fishermen pulled out a 9mm pistol, and fired twice - once at the ground, and the second at a member of the Sommières group, hitting him in the navel.

The victim was taken to hospital, and he was saved by the fast actions of the emergency staff.

After two days in police custody, three men were taken to the Nîmes courthouse - the fisherman who fired the shots, and two residents from Sommières. The lawyer for the fisherman stated that the shooting had occurred accidentally “and without any intention to kill or injure” and that his client had acted in a self-defence against armed assailants - one of them allegedly had a knife, and the other had a dangerous dog. The Sommières residents claim that the remarks were racist and the fisherman aimed directly at their friend, and deliberately shot him.

The case continues.

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