Sunday, Sep. 22, 2013 By Domingo Ramirez Jr.
FORT WORTH — A Fort Worth teen who was out hunting feral hogs in Hill County was seriously wounded over the weekend when another teen placed a rifle down on the backseat of a truck and the weapon discharged, authorities said Sunday.
The 13-year-old, whom authorities did not immediately identify, was taken by helicopter ambulance to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth where he underwent surgery. His condition early Sunday was listed as serious.
A friend of the family says the boy is an eighth-grader at Prairie Vistas Middle School in Fort Worth; the school is in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district.
Investigators with the Hill County Sheriff’s Office believe it was an accidental shooting and no criminal investigation is under way, said Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark Wilson with the Hill County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. Saturday in a rural area a few miles south of Whitney. Whitney is about 70 miles south of Fort Worth.
The teen, another young boy and the father of one of the boys were out hunting hogs, Wilson said Sunday. One of the boys laid the rifle on a backseat and the weapon fired just as the victim was walking by the truck, Wilson said.
Authorities confiscated the rifle.