A 14-year-old boy is in stable condition at St. Peter’s Hospital after a friend accidentally shot him while hunting rabbits near MacDonald Pass.
Powell County 911 received a call around 1 p.m. Monday from a male reporting that his younger brother had been shot in the leg by a friend, and that the three were en route to the hospital in Helena, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said Monday evening.
The incident occurred between the road at the top of MacDonald Pass and Cromwell Dixon Campground, near the Powell and Lewis and Clark county boundary.
At the hospital, the injured boy told a Lewis and Clark County deputy the incident occurred when a 15-year-old female friend tripped while crossing a cattle guard, according to Dutton. Her rifle discharged, striking him in the right thigh, he said.
Deputies later recovered the .22 caliber bullet, which went through the boy’s leg, at the scene. They also seized the Ruger 10/22 rifle as evidence until the investigation is complete, Dutton said.
Dutton said not all details were known Monday evening, and the sheriff’s office will continue investigating to determine if the incident involves suspicious circumstances.
“No citations are planned thus far,” he said.
Dutton said he doesn’t believe an adult was present when the incident occurred.
As of 5:30 p.m., deputies were at the site continuing to investigate the incident.