A 17-year-old boy from Portage County is recovering in the hospital from an accidental shooting this past weekend.
It happened Sunday in the town of Lanark. Investigators say a 14-year-old boy was showing the victim his grandpa's 22-caliber rifle that he thought was unloaded.
When the boys were walking back into the home, the weapon fired, striking the 17-year-old in the back. He was airlifted to Neenah.
His sister says he had emergency surgery and is still in a lot of pain, but, she says he is walking and will have a full recovery.
In light of this tragedy, experts say everyone should take proper steps to make sure accidents with guns don't happen in your home.
Law enforcement also suggests that once your child is mature enough, he or she should attend a gun or hunting safety course.
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Source: http://www.usdoj.gov/ag/gndrgfre.htm (U.S. Department of Justice).
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