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Teen charged in Clear Lake shooting

Polk County (WQOW) – Charges have been filed against a 17-year-old from Deer Park who allegedly shot a woman with a .22.

We reported earlier this month, the 33-year-old Clear Lake woman was hunting on her parent’s property. As she was leaving her deer stand she was shot.

Nicholas Sempf-Nyren is facing two felonies and three misdemeanors after the September 30 shooting.

According to the criminal complaint, Nyren and two of his friends were sighting in the gun when Nyren said he wanted to look at something across the field. After he did, they heard a scream and took off running. They did not call 911.

Nyren originally told police they hadn’t been out shooting, but later said he wasn’t sure what he was shooting at because it was so dark.

The shooting victim, who called her father and told him to call 911, had multiple holes in her large and small intestines, damage to her liver and spleen and had to have part of her colon removed.  She’s had three surgeries to date.

Nyren is due back in court the day after Christmas.

Polk County (WQOW) – A Clear Lake woman is in critical condition in a Minnesota hospital after being shot over the weekend.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, a rural Clear Lake woman, 33, was hunting on her parent’s property in the township of Clear Lake. As she was leaving her deer stand around 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, she walked into a field and was shot with a gun by a male, 17, from rural Star Prairie. He was hunting on adjacent property.

The woman was taken by ambulance to Amery Medical Center and then to Regions Hospital in Minnesota. She is in critical, but stable condition.

WQOW Staff

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