Discussion Topic: Felony vs. Hunting Accident

From Syracuse, New York's, The Post Standard:
_A 60-year-old Utica man was accused of firing a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with birdshot in the direction of his fellow hunter, a 27-year-old man also of Utica.

Oneida County Sheriff's deputies accused Paul C. Betzenhauser of first-degree reckless endangerment -- a felony -- after he sprayed hunting partner Wyatt T. Henderson with shot, injuring his face, head and torso, police said.

Henderson was treated at St. Luke's Hospital and released._

Sound familiar? Should the shooter (whether or not he holds a political office) be charged in these situations?