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MO: Teen Accidentally Killed by Cousin

Webster County Teen Accidentally Killed by Cousin

Reported by: Angie Weidinger
Friday, Jan 23, 2009 @09:41pm CST

An afternoon of hunting squirrels turns deadly for a local teen.

It happened north of Seymour in Webster County at around 3:30 Friday afternoon, just off Short P Highway.

The 17-year-old arrived at Saint John's by air ambulance earlier this evening with a gunshot wound to his neck; he died shortly thereafter.

But this tragedy affects more than just one of this family's members.

Webster County authorities say the teenager was out hunting squirrels Friday afternoon with his cousin.

While outside the rural home, the cousin accidentally shot the 17-year-old.

Investigators won't say how old the cousin is, only that he's a juvenile which means he's younger than 17.

Again, investigators say this was an accident but the 17-year-old did die of a gunshot wound to the neck.

Investigators are not at this time releasing the victim's name. This is the first accidental shooting in this area involving juveniles for this year.

Last November, though, a highway patrol's two year-old son died in an accidental shooting north of Galena. The only state statistics available are from 2005 when there were ten accidental shootings involving children.

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