Ontonagon County Sheriff Dale Rantala says a 16-year-old was killed in a shooting incident Friday. Rantala says it is not considered a hunting accident, as the teens were not in the act of hunting at the time of the incident.
Rantala, in a press release, says police were called to a home in Mass City Friday, Nov. 16, at 3:08 p.m.on a call of a possible shooting accident.
Local Three News reports that an investigation revealed a 13-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were at the younger boy’s home Friday afternoon. When the 13-year-old was loading a rifle, the weapon fired striking the 16-year-old in the back.
A 14-year-old boy at the residence called 911.
The victim was transported to Ontonagon Aspirus Hospital by SONCO ambulance were he was pronounced dead.
The Ontonagon County Sheriff Office was assisted by Michigan DNR Law Enforcement Officers, a US ForestService Law Enforcement officer and Michigan Sheriff Association Victims Services Unit.