Sheriff: Oklahoma man in critical condition after being shot in head by stray bullet

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KETCHUM, Okla. – A 72-year-old McAlester man has been taken to a hospital after being shot in the head by what authorities say was a stray bullet.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns said that Marion Fassino was driving east of McAlester around 4:15 p.m. Monday when a .22-caliber bullet struck him in the head.

The Tulsa World reports that Fassino was transported in critical condition by ambulance to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

Kerns said that deputies have located a man who said that he had fired a gun at a tree in the distance around the time that Fassino was struck.

Kerns said that the man was not in custody and that deputies considered the shooting an accident, even though an investigation is ongoing.