SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - A gun aimed at a bear, quickly went haywire as a ricochet bullet accidentally struck a 17-year-old boy in the chest on Friday at Montgomery Creek, east of Redding.
According to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Highway 299 East and Big Bend Road just before 7 p.m.
At the intersection, deputies located four witnesses that said the victim was struck with a ricochet bullet that was fired by an adult friend, but the bullet was meant for a bear at a nearby campsite.
Investigators believe the bullet struck a rock or rock wall and it ricocheted back striking the victim in the chest.
The SCSO did not receive any indication that the shooting was intentional, and have ruled the incident as accidental.
The 17-year-old boy was flown by a CHP helicopter to Mercy Medical Center where he is currently in stable condition, according to SCSO.
Officials would like to remind the public to exercise the utmost safety when handling and discharging firearms.
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