BOMBAY — A Bombay man suffered a gunshot wound to the face Monday when a night of drinking, arguing and wrestling around escalated into violence.Stephen D. Ingle, 59, of 483 Smith Road, Bombay was in critical condition Tuesday at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, where he was transferred after initially being stabilized at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone.Dan S. Smith, 48, of 416 Kibbie Road, Bombay is in Franklin County Jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bail bond on charges of first-degree assault, said Capt. Robert LaFountain of the State Police Troop B headquarters in Ray Brook.A third person at the shooting site, Judy A. LaClair, 60, of Moira, was outside at the time of the shooting and was not harmed or charged.Investigators said Ingle had been visiting Smith at his home at 416 Kibbie Road in the Town of Bombay and that the pair had been drinking most of the day.The two got in an argument about 8:25 p.m., and in order to intimidate Ingle into leaving his place, Smith allegedly picked up a rifle, pointed it at his guest's face and shot him once.LaFountain said the bullet entered the front of Ingle's face and exited through the back of his neck.When troopers arrived, Smith was arrested without incident."So far, it looks like he (Ingle) was incredibly lucky because the trajectory didn't go the places you'd expect it to go," said Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne. "Usually, a bullet ricochets around."But this appears to have missed the vital areas and had a downward trajectory."We're optimistic that he will be upgraded. We're very hopeful that his condition will improve so we can continue to interview him."Investigators were able to get some preliminary information out of Ingle, he said."From what he told us so far, even though they were arguing, the shooting wasn't intentional," Champagne said.Armed with a search warrant, investigators from the Troop B Forensic Identification Unit secured evidence late Monday and returned Tuesday to continue the investigation, LaFountain said.
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