Young hunter airlifted after accidental shot

Dec 3, 2013 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A 21-year-old Riverton man was airlifted to Casper on Sunday reportedly after shooting himself in the leg with a shotgun.

Officials said the incident is being investigated as an accident; the victim's condition was unknown Tuesday.

According to reports, the man was duck hunting along the Wind River east of Riverton when he lost his footing on an embankment at about 8:40 a.m. Sunday.

"The gun apparently fell out of his grasp, and during the fall the weapon discharged," Undersheriff Ryan Lee said.

"The shot struck his right femur, and he landed partially in the river."

The femur, longest bone in the human body, is in the thigh.

The weapon was identified as a .20-gauge shotgun loaded with three-inch magnum steel shot.

When officials arrived at the scene on South Smith Road, they said they moved the man to a law enforcement vehicle then drove him to an awaiting ambulance. He was later airlifted from Riverton Memorial Hospital.

He reportedly had been hunting with his father, but reports state the victim was alone at the time of the incident.

"Several details of the case remain unclear," Lee said. "The victim was unable to communicate with the investigating deputy due to being in shock."

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