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Teen accidentally shot by friend is in stable condition

2013-12-23T18:05:00Z 2013-12-23T23:47:29Z Teen accidentally shot by friend is in stable conditionIndependent Record Helena Independent Record
December 23, 2013 6:05 pm  • 

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.

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  1. mineryes
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    mineryes - December 29, 2013 9:34 pm
    ZIP, so you are an investigator huh? Crime, you crack me up, I don't recall ever reading anything saying it was a crime-----------except what you wrote. I read accident.
  2. mineryes
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    mineryes - December 29, 2013 9:32 pm
    Good job sunshinemama, some people are real quick to know every detail aren't they? It is like they have never ever had a personal mishap!
  3. sunshinemama
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    sunshinemama - December 27, 2013 12:57 pm
    He will have a heck of a Christmas break story! What a blessing he is OK!
  4. sunshinemama
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    sunshinemama - December 27, 2013 12:54 pm
    Hey that's not very nice to attack those involved. What safety rules did she break? And how do you know? The article says it was an accident and that the male is stable, and it did NOT say he nearly lost his life. It certainly could have been terrible but it wasn't and they reacted quickly and correctly and the law is doing what it should to protect all involved, it is a blessing that he is doing OK. :)
  5. zip
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    zip - December 25, 2013 6:22 pm
    I wonder if this crime will be solved. or do they need the public's help?
  6. Sherlock
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    Sherlock - December 25, 2013 12:49 pm
    I'll bet he doesn't say that to her again...
  7. JeffP4045
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    JeffP4045 - December 25, 2013 6:01 am
    Sounds like her parents need to send her to a Hunters' Safety class. She should have already attended one, but if she did, obviously nothing sunk in. She broke several basic safety rules, and a boy nearly lost his life. this type of thing is no accident, it's gross negligence. I'm thankful he is all right. Hopefully, he will fully recover.
  8. gemini_chick
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    gemini_chick - December 24, 2013 8:52 am
    Oh those crazy kids! I heard they were having a blast!

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