Investigation: Gun accidently fired

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Faribault County authorities have wrapped up investigation of a shooting in which a juvenile suffered a gunshot wound.

“The gun owner was not home at the time, but the gun was properly stored,” says Chief Deputy Scott Adams. “Not one was criminally charged. It was purely accidental. ”

On June 16 around 11 p.m., authorities received a call of a gun being fired at residence located at 45167 70th St. in Emerald Township.

The homeowners 16-year-old son was struck in the leg by one bullet and two other juvenile males, ages 16 and 17 also from Blue Earth, were present at the time.

Initially, a press release posted on the Sheriff’s Office website listed the incident as “negligent discharge of a firearm.”

Adams says the gun was kept in a secured spot in the parents bedroom and it was not loaded.

“They heard what was a possible issue outside,” he says. “The boys loaded the gun. When they went to put it away the gun accidentally discharged.”

Blue Earth Ambulance crew members transported the injured juvenile to United Hospital for treatment before he was airlifted to the Mayo Clinic facility in Mankato.

Also assisting county authorities at the scene were crew members from the Frost Ambulance Department.

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