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TN: Flag Pond teen shot in hunting accident

December 4, 2009

Flag Pond teen shot in hunting accident

According to the Tennessee Wildlife resources Agency, a Flag Pond teen was shot during a Thursday night hunting accident.

According to a press release, the 16-year-old was shot around 8 p.m., while racoon hunting on private land in Unicoi County. The youth and another 16-year-old from North Carolina were loading dogs and equipment into their truck when the accident occurred.

"The North Carolina youth laid a .22 caliber rifle on the ground," reads a press release. "The gun discharged and a bullet struck the youth in the leg below the knee."

The victim was transported to Johnson City Medical Center by EMS. TWRA did not provide the extent of injuries or current condition.

They did note that the North Carolina teen did not have a Tennessee hunting license.

The accident is under investigation by the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department and the TWRA.

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