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Clarke Co. Teen Shot In Head With Pellet Gun

A 15-year-old Clarke County teenager was placed on life support Monday afternoon after accidentally being shot in the head by a pellet while with friends in Oconee County, authorities said.

What began as an afternoon of target practice for three 15-year-old boys at Pinewood South trailer park turned tragic around noon Monday when one of the teenagers was accidentally shot in the head, authorities reported.

The boys had been shooting cans with a pellet rifle when the apparent accident occurred, Chief Deputy Lee Weems of the said. The injured boy, who is from Clarke County, was transported to Athens Regional Medical Center and placed on life support, he said.

The two other teenagers are Oconee County residents, Weems reported.

Names of those involved will not be released because they are juveniles.

"We believe that this was an accidental shooting," he said. "There was no physical evidence to dispute that."

Authorities interviewed witnesses at the scene, but are willing to speak with anyone who may have additional information, Weems said.

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