MCSO: Boy shot while target shooting in Tonopah

TONOPAH, AZ - Officials are investigating after a 9-year-old was shot Wednesday morning in Tonopah.

According to MCSO, five people were hunting and target shooting near 363rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

The group was using various weapons, including handguns and rifles.

A bullet from a handgun ricocheted and hit the young boy in his neck, MCSO Deputy Joaquin Enriquez said.

MCSO said the group consisted of a 22-year-old, 20-year-old, a 15-year-old boy, a 9-year-old and the victim's 15-year-old sister.

The group called 911 immediately and drove him to his home a couple of miles away. He was flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital. Enriquez said the boy's injury is extremely life-threatening.

He said the group had several weapons. The boy was hit by a bullet from a handgun. The area is rural with a few homes. It is likely they were shooting in an area where shooting is prohibited.

Late Wednesday night, the Sheriff's Office identified the shooter as the 15-year-old boy.

Officials said he was questioned and released but could face charges at a later time.

Enriquez said the boy's parents were home at the time and were aware that the boy was out shooting with the group.

 

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