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Boy shoots friend in the foot


A 17-year-old Baldwin boy shot a 19-year-old Baldwin City man in the foot during a hunting trip Monday, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday.According to a Sheriff's report, the accident happened during a hunting trip at 352 East 900 Road in Douglas County. The 17-year-old pointed the a 22-caliber rifle toward the 19-year-old's feet while trying to reload when the gun went off.The injured man went to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by a private vehicle, where the injury was reported.Kari Wempe, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, said that the injury was minor and the man was treated and released. Wempe said they would submit a report to the District Attorney's office, but the office believes the incident was accidental.


goodstudent 7 years ago

The 19 year old is my cousin and i go to school with the 17 year old and they have known each other from child hood. they were hunting coyotes. its just a accident.


Emily Hadley 7 years, 3 months ago

Sounds like he definitely didn't need to reload. Hmmm...

When you are trying to shoot an animal, there is a risk that you will shoot one, just not the one you intend.


Sigmund 7 years, 3 months ago

Every time I see that tweaker hobbling downtown on his crutches I just have to laugh, especially around Christmas time. God bless you every one!


Mr_Ramirez 7 years, 3 months ago

Nice "foot in bucket" reset Dwntn Topeka.

One of the best LJW articles of all time!


fascinating_person 7 years, 3 months ago

wow, only 2 cheney jokes? c'mon, guys.


Jamesaust 7 years, 3 months ago

We need to know the name of the minor. He sounds like a 17 year old likely to become Vice President someday.


RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 3 months ago

He broke every basic safety rule? Kids do dumb things?

When children are properly taught, and trained, it becomes reactive, instinctive to follow gun safety protocols.

I have drilled into my children, (and other's children) R_I's 6 rules of gun safety... DRILLED, DRILLED, DRILLED. I started this long before they were in kindergarden, and still repeat it today.

1.) All guns are ALWAYS loaded. (Treat them as if they were) 2.) Never handle/touch a firearm that you have not been given permission to handle/touch by one of your parents. YOUR PARENTS ONLY! (single use permission, each time. NOT CONTINUOUS) 3.) Never let the muzzle cover (point at) anything you are not willing to kill or destroy. 4.) Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target (finger out of trigger guard, straight and extended.) 5.) Be sure of your target, and what is behind it. 6.) All guns are ALWAYS loaded. (Treat them as if they were)


The_Original_Bob 7 years, 3 months ago

Ouch. Sounds like carelessness led to an accident.

What were they hunting with a .22? Squirrels?


jonas 7 years, 3 months ago

Son, if you aim a little higher, you got a good chance of being Vice-President one of these days!


Tom Shewmon 7 years, 3 months ago

My 15 yr old blew the second toe off of his right foot last Labor Day weekend while dove hunting.....he was with my x's relatives, I wasn't there but it went like this (unbelievable as it may sound):

He was resting the muzzle on the toe of his boot between incoming dove shooting, safety off, shell chambered, finger in trigger hold and--BOOM, goodbye second toe-----could've been worse. He broke every basic safety rule. He has had hunter safety. Kids do dumb things.


small_fish_in_small_pond 7 years, 3 months ago

I bet it was those darn tree-huggers that caused it....


Bone777 7 years, 3 months ago

You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose but.....

You can't shoot your friend in the foot.


Steve Jacob 7 years, 3 months ago

"19 year old man assults a 17 year old boy in Baldwin" will be the headline in a week or two.


from_beautiful_downtown_topeka 7 years, 3 months ago

Okay, so if this kid ends up losing his he gonna keep it in a bucket full of formaldehyde on his front porch?

And then tell the LJ World about it...when it gets stolen?

And then the whole bizarre story winds up being carried on the AP line...from coast to coast?



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