Boy shot in apparent hunting accident |

Boy shot in apparent hunting accident

— A 12-year-old boy was released Monday from Yampa Valley Medical Center after being treated for a gunshot wound suffered Sunday in a hunting accident.

Routt County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Bond said Sunday that the incident is being investigated, but it appeared another juvenile accidentally shot the boy with a .50-caliber black powder rifle Sunday morning.

The boys were hunting with an adult near Sand Mountain off Routt County Road 62. The adult called authorities about the accident at 9:33 a.m. Sunday.

The boy was shot in the abdomen, and Bond characterized the injury as a “real bad flesh wound.” It appeared the bullet may have grazed the boy’s abdomen and it did not appear like any organs were damaged, he said. Bond said the boy remained conscious and alert after the accident.

On Monday morning, Sgt. Ray Birch said the boy’s injuries did not appear life threatening. Because the accident involved juveniles, and the investigation is ongoing, Birch would not release the names of the people involved or the condition of the boy who was shot.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed that the boy was released from the hospital Monday morning.

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office, Routt County Search and Rescue and North Routt Ambulance responded to the accident, Bond said.

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