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Hanover man dies of gunshot wound in Westminster home

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Police said a Hanover, Md., man died Saturday after being shot while lying on the couch at a home he was visiting in Westminster.

Westminster police said Vygants Tomas Campe, 46, died after being struck by a bullet from a gun that may have discharged accidentally.

Police said on March 16 at about 11:45 a.m., officers and emergency medical personnel responded to a residence in the 400 block of South Hills Court in Westminster for the report of a shooting.

When they arrived they found a man, later identified as Campe, on the first floor of the home suffering from a single gunshot wound. He was conscious at the time, and was transported to the University Of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died during surgery, police said.

Investigators believe Campe was visiting with the owner of the residence at the time of the shooting. Police said it appears the homeowner was handling a pistol on the second floor of the home when it discharged, and the projectile passed through the floor and struck the victim, who was lying on the couch in the living room.

No charges had been filed as of Saturday evening, and police did not identify the homeowner. Police said the investigation is ongoing, and officials are conferring with representatives of the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office.

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