November 5, 2005
RIMOUSKI, Que. (CP) - A 14-year-old Quebec boy has died of a
gunshot wound from a hunting rifle, although it was unclear if the
shooting was an accident, provincial police said Saturday.
The unidentified boy, from the rural town of St. Gabriel-de-Rimouski,
in the Gaspe, died in hospital on Friday night.
The shot was fired after he and several friends gathered in an
abandoned shack on the outskirts of the town.
It was unclear if the wound was self-inflicted or if one of the
other boys had fired the 22-calibre rifle.
"We're in the process of trying to understand what happened,"
police spokesman Claude Ross told the all-news channel LCN.
The other teens have been interviewed by police, although none of
them have been charged with a crime.
The police said they were still talking with them to "see if there
was some sort of negligence or some sort of intention" as it was still
unclear who owns the rifle and who took it to the shack.
No names have been released in the case.
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