Chickasaw County, Miss. (WCBI) – A teenage boy was shot in the head after his hunting partner’s rifle accidentally fired Thursday afternoon.
Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy James Myers says it happened on County Road 190, between 12 and 1 PM.
Myers says two 15-year-olds were walking out of the woods when the 30.06 discharged. The other youth ran to a nearby house to get help and call 911.
The victim was taken to Trace Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo at about 1 p.m. His condition was unknown by Myers early Thursday afternoon. Emergency personnel at the hospital said the youth was in serious but stable condition when he was airlifted.
The names of the young men involved are not being released.
South East Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene as did the Houston Police Department.
Myers said the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks has been notified and the incident will be a joint investigation with the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department.
“At this time it looks like these two young men were the only ones involved,” said Myers. “The incident is under investigation.”
According to the Chickasaw Journal, this is the first major hunting accident in Chickasaw County in almost two years.
In April 2012, two men were transported to North Mississippi Medical Center following a turkey hunting accident in northeast Chickasaw County.
According to Lt. Randy Newell, a spokesman with Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, four men who knew each other were turkey hunting off of Highway 41 near the Natchez Trace Parkway when two were shot around 5:10 p.m. that day
Lewis Frazier, 53, and Trey MacAlister, 56, were reportedly accidentally shot by Charles Hall with one shot from a shotgun.