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12-year-old boy accidentally shoots hunting guide, police say

Posted at 1:24 PM, Dec 20, 2014

CACHE COUNTY, Utah -- A hunting guide is expected to survive after he was injured in the neck and head in a hunting accident in Cache County Saturday morning.

Officials say Christopher T. Richards, 24, of Willard, is a hunting guide at Sportsman’s Hunting Club, west of the community Paradise. He was guiding four hunters on a pheasant hunt when the accident occurred, according to a press release from Cache County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say the Richards entered a small grove of trees to flush out some pheasants when a 12-year-old boy, a member of the hunting party, fired a 20-gauge shotgun at the birds from the opposite side of the trees.

Richards was hit by six to eight pellets in his head and neck.

Richards  was transported by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital where he was assessed and stabilized. Officials say he was then taken to Brigham City Hospital where he was air lifted to Intermountain Medical Center.

Officials say Richard's injuries are non-life threatening.

The shooting is being investigated as an accident. No criminal charges are being considered at this time.

This is the second time within a week a shooting has taken place at the Sportsman’s Hunting Club. The first accident occurred on Dec. 16.

Norman E. Newbold, 57, of Syracuse, died after being accidentally shot during a pheasant hunt.

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