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Police solves Kin bird sanctuary shooting mystery

Date Posted: 2004-02-05

Investigators have apprehended a 64-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of shooting two snipes in an area that has been designated as a bird sanctuary at Okubi River in Kin.

Police traced the shells found in the area at the time of the December incident to a sports shop that had sold the ammunition to Soushin Kishaba of Urasoe City. When questioned, Kishaba admitted that he was the person who had shot the birds. There were also eyewitnesses who told investigators that they had seen someone leaving the bridge in a car that matched Kishaba’s vehicle.

Kishaba said that he shot the birds for practice. “I went there to practice shooting from the bridge, and I just wanted to shoot anything living,” Kishaba told investigators. He also said that he was not aware that snipes are a protected species.

The site of the incident is a popular bird watching location. Nearby, on both sides of the river, are yam fields that had several people working on them. “It is very dangerous to shoot a gun in that area because of the people on the fields,” a Kin town official said.

The police say Kishaba has a valid permission for a hunting gun, and permission for hunting. However, he was arrested on suspicion of destroying a protected animal. Police say other charges may also be filed when the investigation is complete.

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