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NY: Man shot in Herkimer County hunting accident

October 27, 2010

Police investigate accidental shooting near Bogus Basin

BOISE -- The Ada County Sheriff's Department is investigating what they said appears to be an accidental shooting.

It happened near Bogus Basin ski resort Sunday around 5:09 p.m.

Police said information so far indicates that a 16-year-old male had been out hunting with his father and a friend.

The teen returned to a vehicle and was unloading the .30-06 rifle when he accidentally discharged the gun.

The single round hit the teen's toe and went through the floor of the truck.

The boy's father began driving down Bogus Basin Road toward Boise and called 911 as he got closer to town.

Deputies and Ada County Paramedics met them on the road and transported the 16-year-old to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Even though the shooting happened in Boise County, the Ada County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation because that is where the family called for help.

All evidence gathered indicates this was an accident.

The family, who is from Kuna, was in an area where hunting is legal. The teen has a valid hunting license and deer tag.

Sheriff's deputies remind anyone handling a firearm to never point a gun toward anything you don't intend to shoot, especially when you are loading and unloading the weapon.

That's when accidental discharges are most common and all guns should be unloaded when you are finished using them before going back to camp, to a vehicle or home.

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