A 23-year-old man was shot in the face by an air rifle early Sunday, sending him to the hospital with a large gash, Southold police said.

Brayan Cahueque, 23, of Laurel, was arrested outside his home and charged with assault. Police said that the shooting occurred about 4 a.m. Sunday after an altercation outside his house.

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The victim, who was not identified by police, was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for his injury.

The weapon was recovered and held as evidence.