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The incident was still being investigated at the time this report was prepared. Preliminary information from the investigation revealed that the shooter and the 16-year-old victim were raccoon hunting at night in separate parties about 85 yards apart. The shooter thought he saw a raccoon, fired and struck the victim in the thighbone.

  • Was this incident preventable? If so, how?
  • Which of the Firearm Safety Rules apply to this incident?
  • What could you have done differently if you were hunting with the shooter?