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Youth killed in accidental fire arm shooting


November 19, 2018

MASS CITY — A 16-year-old youth is dead after an accidental gun discharge in a Mass City home Friday.

According to the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Department the department responded to a possible shooting accident in a Mass City home Friday at 3:08 p.m.

A Sheriff Department release said an investigation revealed a 13-year-old male and a 16-year-old male were at the 13-year-old’s residence when the 13-year-old was loading a rifle and the weapon fired striking the 16-year-old in the back.

A 14-year-old male was at the residence and called 911, the report said.

The victim was transported to Ontonagon Aspirus Hospital by SONCO Ambulance where he was pronounced dead.

The Ontonagon County Sheriff Office was assisted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources officers, a U.S. Forest Service officer, and Michigan Sheriff Association Victims Services Unit.

According to Ontonagon County Sheriff Dale Rantala, the accident is not considered a hunting accident as they were not in the act of hunting at the time.

The names of the victims were not announced.

—Jan Tucker


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