KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A Malaysian villager who was aiming to shoot wild monkeys encroaching on his garden shot his neighbor instead, police said Friday. The neighbor suffered slight injuries.

The 72-year-old licensed shotgun holder was so fed up with the pesky monkeys that he fired at them in as they sat in bushes behind his house in southern Johor state Wednesday, district police chief Zahaliman Jamin said.

But he ended up hitting his 57-year-old neighbor, who was walking around in the bushes, Zahaliman said.

"It was accidental," he said. "The monkeys disturbed the family and stole some food. The old man was so angry, so he took his shotgun."

The neighbor was treated for minor wounds at a hospital, Zahaliman said, adding that police were investigating the incident.

Zahaliman said he did not know whether the man hit any of the monkeys.

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