SENECA, Wis. (WFRV) – An 11-year-old boy died on Sunday following a hunting incident where he was reportedly shot in the chest.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), on November 20 around 9 a.m., an 11-year-old boy was the victim of a gunshot wound. Officials say the incident was hunting-related and the gunshot wound was to the chest.
A 41-year-old man reportedly tried to unload his gun while it was placed in the back seat of a vehicle. The gun fired and hit the boy.
The victim was airlifted to a hospital where he reportedly died. The two were both members of the same hunting party.
The following statement was provided by the Berlin Area School District:
The Berlin Area School District is heartbroken by yesterday’s death of Berlin Middle School sixth grader Easton Thom in a hunting accident.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Thom family and friends, school staff, and the entire Berlin community. The Berlin Area School District pupil services staff in partnership with outside counseling agencies will provide additional support to our students and staff this week.
The family has asked for privacy and we will respect their wishes.Dr. Emmett Durtschi, Superintendent Berlin Area School District
Green Lake County is about 40 minutes southwest of Oshkosh.
No other information was provided. Local 5 will continue to update this story as more details are released.