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Teen coon hunter OK after accidental shooting Wed. night

November 25, 2011

By Kim Schmidt, KearneyHub.com

KEARNEY — A Sumner teen was listed in good condition this morning at Kearney’s Good Samaritan Hospital after an accidental shooting Wednesday night near Sumner.

Bryce Brown was injured when he was accidentally shot in his lower rib cage around 7:50 p.m. while hunting raccoons with three friends.

Dawson County Sheriff Gary Reiber said the teens were hunting raccoons just north of Highway 40 on Road 445 in Dawson County when they thought they saw an animal in a ditch. The driver, John Sleicher, 17, of rural Broken Bow stopped the vehicle and all of the teens got out.

As the teens returned to the vehicle, Brown was accidentally shot. Reiber didn’t know specific details of how Brown was shot, whose gun the shot came from or the type of gun.

Sumner Emergency Medical Technicians transported Brown to the hospital.
Neither Sleicher nor the other passengers of the vehicle, Tyler Bowden, 17, and Quinten Malcom, 18, both of Sumner, were injured.

The investigation continues.

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