Minnesota boy, 12, dies from gunshot wound in hunting accident

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office updated the condition of the boy who was shot Sunday, Oct. 9, in Moose Lake Township, north of Motley.

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MOTLEY — A 12-year-old boy was shot and killed while squirrel hunting with family members near Motley, Minnesota.

The boy died Sunday, Oct. 9, at a Twin Cities-area hospital, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office reported on Tuesday. An autopsy is scheduled with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the shooting incident , reported at 8:19 a.m. Sunday in Moose Lake Township, north of Motley. According to a news release from Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch, a family from St. Paul was hunting squirrels on public land in the area when a 12-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his 47-year-old uncle of St. Paul.

Deputies and first responders began first aid and transported the boy from the wooded area to a nearby roadway to meet emergency medical personnel.

Life-saving measures were continued and the boy was taken from the scene to a nearby helicopter. From there, the victim went to a Twin Cities-area hospital with a serious, life-threatening injury, the sheriff’s office reported.


The investigation indicates the incident was the result of a hunting accident. It remains under investigation, the sheriff’s office reported.

Assisting at the scene were Motley Fire and Rescue, North Memorial Health Ambulance and North Memorial Health Air Care.

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