MONROE (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say a migrant farm worker in Monroe County was shot by a couple who was shooting targets nearby.

The sheriff’s office said the 37-year-old man was shot in the stomach area at a Raisinville Township farm around 7 p.m. Monday. He underwent surgery to remove the bullet and is expected to survive.

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Police said more than 40 migrant workers took cover as bullets landed nearby, although no one else was injured.

Deputies began searching for a source of the gunfire and found a 26-year-old Monroe man and his 23-year-old wife at their house nearby. The couple told authorities they were shooting targets and were unaware they hit anyone.

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Deputies say a target in the couple’s backyard was in line with where the migrant workers had been working, about 250 yards away.

The couple is expected to face charges of discharging a firearm causing injury.

The incident remains under investigation.

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