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CA: 12-year-old boy dies after hunting accident

November 1, 2009

12-year-old boy dies after hunting accident near North San Juan

Authorities Sunday were investigating the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy who was hunting with his family near North San Juan.

The boy was hunting deer with a group of family and friends Saturday morning in an area between North San Juan and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park when he was shot in the left ribs, according to sheriff's reports.

It could not be confirmed whether the boy, who was not identified Sunday, was from Nevada County.

Investigators believe the boy accidentally shot himself with a high-powered rifle. He was conscious and breathing when a 911 call was placed shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday. CPR was administered while an ambulance was en route, according to sheriff's reports.

Members of the hunting party put him in a pickup truck and drove until they met the ambulance on Lake City Road, according to Calfire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff.

Calfire was on the scene by 12:13 p.m., an hour after the first 911 call, dispatch records show.

Paramedics administered CPR, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene, Tolmachoff said.

More information about the accident is expected Monday, Moon added.

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