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Frank Kern of Flemington dies in accidental shooting

By Randy Kraft, WFMZ.com Reporter, RKraft@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 27 2013 04:15:01 PM CDT
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FLEMINGTON, N.J. -

Frank Kern, 75, of Flemington, died early Tuesday following an accidental shooting.

The victim had been cleaning and disassembling his .22 caliber rifle when a single round accidentally discharged into his abdomen, according to law enforcement officials.

At 7:55 a.m. Monday, Flemington borough police officers Bradley Bullman and Brian McNally responded to the Prospect Hills Apartments for a report of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They found Kern lying in his garage with the stomach wound.

The Flemington Raritan Rescue Squad transported the victim to a state police helicopter, which flew him to Helene Fuld Medical Center in Trenton. Early Tuesday morning, Kern died from complications attributed to the wound.

Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III and Flemington Police Chief George Becker determined the death was accidental.