Boy shot in hunting accident in Tonopah

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TONOPAH, Ariz. -- A 9-year-old boy who was shot in a hunting accident was air-lifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital early Wednesday morning.

It happened near 363rd Avenue and Buckeye Road near Tonopah, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. The boy's family lives about 2 miles from the area.

Few details were immediately available, but MCSO said the boy's injury is life-threatening. He was hit in the upper neck. At last check, he was in very serious condition, but he was conscious and talking when he was flown to the hospital.

According to MCSO Deputy Joaquin Enriquez, there were five people in the hunting party, including the victim's 15-year-old sister, a 15-year-old boy, and two men in their early 20s.

Enriquez said the 15-year-old boy accidentally shot the 9-year-old boy. Early indications are that the bullet ricocheted into him.

The 15-year-old boy has been released from custody, but Enriquez said there is a chance he could be charged with reckless discharge of a firearm.

The boy's family rushed him home, calling 911 en route. From there, he was flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Tonopah is a little less than an hour west of Phoenix. along Interstate 10.