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13-Year Old Silverton Boy Shot in Neck While Hunting

In spite of the gunshot wound, the boys then walked approximately 1/2 mile to the victims house.

Shooting investigation

(SILVERTON, Ore.) - A Silverton teen will recover after being shot in the neck during a hunting accident today at 5:30 p.m.

Lt. Sheila Lorance with the Marion County Sheriff's Office says one boy shot the other accidentally in the 7500 block of Meridian Road in Mt. Angel.

The two boys, both 13-years old and from the Mt. Angel area, told investigators they were walking near the Abiqua River target practicing with a .22 caliber rifle when the accident happened.

Lorance says the shot happened when one boy saw a bird and raised the weapon to shoot at it.

"According to both boys, the weapon got caught in his coat and discharged, striking the victim in the neck. One of the boys had a cell phone with him and called 9-1-1."

In spite of the gunshot wound, the boys then walked approximately 1/2 mile to the victims house where medics responded and transported him to the Silverton Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Lorance says the .22 caliber bullet was lodged in the boy's neck, and he has been transported to OHSU for further observation.

At this time, no criminal charges have been filed and it appears this was an accident.

Any further information will be released as it becomes available.

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Anonymous December 7, 2009 3:05 pm (Pacific time)

They did not walk to the victims house, they walked to my house which is way down the road....  Definitely proves that you can't believe everything that you read.

Editor: This is a press release from the cops, ok?  No, you can't believe everything you read and just because it is printed doesn't make it true, but I can honestly tell you that mistakes like this are still unavoidable.    

Anonymous March 4, 2009 10:50 am (Pacific time)

If it can happen to Cheney it can happen to anyone

Cheney, the illegal poacher who shot the attorney?

J.T. March 3, 2009 10:53 pm (Pacific time)

of course it was an accident.

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