Aberdeen shooting suspect says he’s not guilty

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ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - An Aberdeen man accused in a weekend shooting that wounded a woman says he was being attacked when he fired a warning shot.

The American News reports (http://bit.ly/1b0enuG ) that 30-year-old Diego Ortiz Mendez appeared in court Monday on charges of aggravated assault and reckless discharge of a firearm. He did not formally enter pleas but said in court that he was not guilty.

Authorities allege that Mendez fired a shot that hit Whitney Schaunaman in the neck about 2 a.m. Saturday. Prosecutor Chris White says she is out of the hospital and doing well. Court documents indicate the incident also involved two men.

A judge set bond for Mendez at $50,000 cash or surety.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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