18-year-old St. Clair High School senior is recovering after
authorities said he was accidentally shot in the foot while he and
two others were hunting. The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on
Thursday near the Meramec River's River Round access point northeast
of St. Clair off of Old Cove Road.
According to Missouri
Conservation Department St. Louis District Supervisor Dennis Twyman,
the victim - whom his mother, Gina, identified at the scene as Tyler
Sumner - was shot in the top of his right foot while he and two
17-year-old friends were coon hunting.
His injury was not
considered to be serious.
The Franklin County Sheriff's
Office confirmed the victim's identity through a Friday morning
"One of the 17-year-olds was attempting to
shoot a coon on the ground," Twyman said. "The victim had his
foot on it and told them to shoot it as soon as he moved his foot.
Somehow in that process he got shot in the top of the foot.
"We're still unclear on exactly how it happened, but that's the
Twyman did confirm the shooting was accidental
and that a .22-caliber rifle was used.
The sheriff's office
information stated that it was determined three males were coon
hunting in the area. During the hunt, one of the teens wounded a
raccoon. A second subject was holding the animal down with his foot
to prevent it from getting away.
"The plan was for the
subject to remove his foot, and the other subject was to shoot the
animal," the press release stated. "When the victim moved his foot,
the animal attempted to flee. The victim attempted to put his foot
back on the animal, at which time the other subject fired at the
animal, striking the victim in the foot."
Neither Twyman nor
the sheriff's office released the names of the two 17-year-olds.
Twyman said he could not because the investigation into the incident
But a friend waiting at the scene told The
Missourian that the other two boys hunting with Sumner were SCHS
junior Ricky Grivetti and senior Dakota Bush. St. Clair High School
confirmed they were students there.
Neither Twyman nor the
sheriff's office revealed which one may have accidentally shot
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