17-year-old boy airlifted to hospital after accidental shooting

ST. GEORGE – A teenage boy was taken to the hospital by Life Flight Saturday afternoon after unintentionally shooting himself while recreating in the Warner Valley area.

Initial investigation shows that it was accidental,” Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Crouse said.

The emergency call was received at 3:57 p.m. The boy, a 17-year-old St. George resident, had been in the Warner Valley area, just outside the Washington City limits, shooting guns with some adult family members when he accidentally shot himself with a handgun, Crouse said.

“I was told it was 9 mm,” Crouse said.

The bullet entered the boy’s abdomen area.

The teen was conscious and alert when emergency personnel arrived, Crouse said. Life Flight was called in, and the boy was airlifted to Dixie Regional Medical Center.

Crouse said he believes the boy was in stable condition at the time he was transported to the hospital, but he said he does not know the boy’s current condition.

Responders from Utah State Parks, the Bureau of Land Management, the Washington City Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Life Flight responded to the scene.

Crouse said it can be difficult to determine which city has jurisdiction when an emergency occurs in Warner Valley, as the Warner Valley area covers portions of St. George, Washington and Hurricane. For that reason, responders from multiple cities often respond to Warner Valley emergency calls, he said.

The victim’s condition is a primary concern more than jurisdiction,” Crouse said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • ladybugavenger February 21, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Owie, hope he recovers

  • fun bag February 22, 2015 at 10:17 am

    I never heard the word “recreating” until I came to UT…

  • Mesaizacd February 22, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    LOL that be how they a spellen in. Youtaw

    • DesertBill February 22, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      That be how they a spellen it in the dictionary, too.

      verb (used with object), recreated, recreating.
      1. to refresh by means of relaxation and enjoyment, as restore physically or mentally.
      verb (used without object), recreated, recreating.
      2. to take recreation.

      • fun bag February 22, 2015 at 2:58 pm

        ex: “we is all gonna go down and recreate at the lake.”

        • Mesaizacd February 22, 2015 at 5:18 pm

          We a gonna be a recreate at the ice cream store after churching hours

      • Mesaizacd February 22, 2015 at 5:19 pm

        Desert Dork. Get a life

      • Car4sale February 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm

        You iza recreaten yer comment.? LOL.!

  • anybody home February 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Any update on the young man’s condition?

  • Real Life February 22, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    When I recreate, I always shoot up the hillside with my 9mm. Nothing spells fun like recreating some bottles off a rock.

  • GROANATTACK February 23, 2015 at 4:49 am

    A cab would of been less expensive than the helicopter

  • anybody home February 23, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Any update on the boy’s condition?

  • ladybugavenger February 23, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I’m gonna go recreate in the snow

    • Car4sale February 23, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      I dunna being finished recreaten in the snow

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