SWEDEN — A man was rushed to the hospital after a shooting in the Town of Sweden Monday evening.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the accidental shooting happened in a wooded area near 6142 Lake Road around 6:30 p.m.

Deputies say 42-year-old Brett Blackburn and his son were on their property hunting for coyotes when they saw movement in the field. Blackburn used a light to illuminate the area of movement, and observed light he thought to be the eyes of a coyote, according to deputies. 

According to deputies, Blackburn fired his rifle and then heard someone yell. He assisted the victim, 32-year-old Robert Williams, who was shot in the abdomen. Blackburn’s son called 911. 

Deputies used an ATV to reach the man and he was transported by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital. Investigators say he sustained life-threatening injuries.

The father and son did not know the victim, deputies said.

Brett Blackburn was charged with second-degree assault and arraigned in Sweden Town Court. Bail was set at $1,500 cash or $5,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24.