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Marines questioned in horse's shooting

Posted November 26, 2008 5:33 p.m. EST
Updated November 27, 2008 12:50 p.m. EST

— An Onslow County horse owner called police after discovering that her animal had been shot in its paddock.

Elizabeth Kachmor said her staff noticed Alderbaran, a 7-year-old Canadian Sport Horse, was wounded on Nov. 9. She took him to the North Carolina State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where an X-ray revealed a bullet from a .22-caliber rifle lodged in the horse's liver.

Surgery was unsuccessful, and Aldebaran had to be euthanized.

Police found shell casings for a .22 in the driveway of the stable where Alderbaran was kept. They have questioned some Marines from Camp Lejeune.

No arrests have been made.