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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the current status of the motorcyclist.

A Minneapolis motorcyclist was shot in the chest Tuesday evening as he headed south on County Road 40, near Homestead Road.

It’s believed he was hit by a stray bullet by a group target shooting at a Homestead Road address, located southwest of Carver, according to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.

The bullet traveled through the motorcycle windshield, before striking Troy Mack, 41, according to Sheriff Jason Kamerud, whose office received the 911 call at 6:13 p.m.

Mack was able to slow himself down and pull over safely. Mack was traveling with five or six other motorcyclists at the time. He was transported to Hennepin Healthcare.

"Mr. Mack is doing well and expects to be released tomorrow," Kamerud said, on Wednesday afternoon.

There were four or five people shooting at a private backyard range that was “quite a ways off the road,” Kamerud said. They were shooting toward County Road 40, according to the Sheriff's Office. The road, which travels near the Minnesota River, is popular with motorcyclists.

It’s currently unknown who fired the bullet that struck Mack, and what caliber it was, Kamerud said. There may have been more than one individual firing at once, he said.

The firearms at the range were taken by authorities, Kamerud said. The investigation could entail gauging the hole in the motorcycle windscreen and, if retrieved by a doctor, finding out what firearm the bullet came from.

Any information from the investigation could then be forwarded to the Carver County Attorney’s Office for possible charges.

“Be sure of your target and what’s beyond. This incident underscores the importance of what’s beyond your target, and making sure you’re safe, and that whatever is beyond your target will contain your bullet,” Kamerud said.

The first deputy on the scene lives in the area, and just happened to pass by shortly after it happened, Kamerud said. Besides the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, Carver Fire and Ridgeview Medical Center crews also responded.

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Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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