WADENA, Minn. - Further investigation by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s office into the accidental shooting of a 14-year-old boy near here Thursday has revealed he was playing a game with a .38 caliber revolver when he was struck in the head by a self-inflicted gunshot.
The accident at his rural residence about five miles north of Bluffton or 10 miles northwest of Wadena occurred about 8:30 a.m.. The victim’s 12-year-old brother was the only other family member at home at the time of the accident.
The sheriff’s department said it’s not known if the victim knew there was a live round in the weapon.
The victim was transported first to Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. He was then flown by helicopter to North Memorial Hospital in the Twin Cities suburb of Robbinsdale, Although updates on the boy’s condition have been posted on Facebook, authorities on Friday have not confirmed his condition.
Superintendent Blaine Novak of New York Mills Public Schools, where the boy attends school, said he wasn’t able to comment on the case. He did say, “We are ready to support students and families.”