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Ness City man airlifted after shooting





NESS CITY -- A 21-year-old Ness City man was airlifted Tuesday to Hays Medical Center after he was shot in the right shoulder with a shotgun in a Ness City residence, Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said.

Initial reports suggest the shooting was an accident, he said.

The incident was called in to 911 at approximately 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, Whipple said.

When deputies arrived, they found a 21-year-old man had been shot in the right shoulder when a gun being handled by a 16-year-old Hays youth accidentally went off.

Witnesses in the Ness City residence said the two were anywhere from 15 to 18 feet apart when the 12-gauge shotgun went off.

Whipple said the men reportedly didn't know the gun was loaded as it was being handled.

The shooting victim was taken by ambulance to Ness County Hospital, the sheriff said, and then later was airlifted to Hays.

Whipple said he's not heard any additional details about the man's condition, but said he was "serious but stable" when he was taken to HaysMed.

"We're putting everything together, and we're going to present it to the county attorney," Whipple said of the investigation surrounding the incident. "But I don't expect any charges."