KUWAIT CITY — Kuwaiti police say they have arrested a man who says he accidentally shot a Syrian and Egyptian near a bloc of stores selling hunting rifles.

The Kuwait News Agency, which carried the Interior Ministry’s statement on the incident Sunday, reports the Egyptian man is in critical condition and that the Syrian man had been injured in his leg, though no further details were given about his condition.

The shooter, a Kuwaiti national, has told police he did not know the rifle, which belonged to a friend, was loaded. The Interior Ministry said it is investigating the shooting.

Hunting is popular among some Kuwaitis between the months of October and April.