Boy, 15, hospitalized after being shot with 12-gauge shotgun

Officials said two teens were on the backside of a barn when one of the shotguns was accidentally discharged

By Mary Clarkin
The Hutchinson News

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A teenage boy shot in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun Monday night in an apparent accidental shooting west of Hutchinson, was described by Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson as “in serious but stable condition.”

“Looks like an accident. He’s been taken to Wichita, but he was talking to paramedics and the officers,” Henderson said in a phone interview about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Henderson declined to identify the youth. Henderson said the boy was transported by ground ambulance to a hospital in Wichita. He was not sure which hospital in Wichita.

Henderson posted on Facebook details about the shooting:

At 8:04 p.m. Monday, emergency and law enforcement units were dispatched to the 2200 block of West Nickerson Boulevard in response to the shooting of a teenage boy.

“This is still in the early stages of the investigation, but it appears that two 15-year-olds, one who lived there and a friend that was visiting, had been out shooting shotguns earlier in the day. They were on the backside of a barn and there was an accidental discharge, striking the friend in the left upper chest and left arm,” according to Henderson’s post.

When crews were dispatched to the scene, the dispatcher said the teenager was “alert at this time.”

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