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Cyclist Accidentally Shot by Man Loading Gun

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A man shot a passing cyclist Saturday night in Herndon when the gun he was loading accidentally fired, police said.

The shooting happened at about 7 p.m. in the 1200 block of Summerfield Drive when a man was loading his gun inside his house when it accidentally fired, Herndon police said.

The bullet exited the house and struck a passing cyclist in the abdomen area. The cyclist was transported to the hospital in unknown condition, authorities said.

The man who discharged the weapon has been identified as 49-year-old John Albers, of Herndon. Police said Albers didn’t know the cyclist and that the shooting was accidental.

Albers has been charged with willfully discharging a firearm in a public place resulting in bodily injury.

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