The boy was was spending Thursday night at a 15-year-old friend’s house on Hayhurst Road in Drain when the shooting occurred. Investigators say the boys were in a bedroom when they took out a hunting rifle that belonged to the 15-year-old. They say the 15-year-old handed the rifle to his friend when the gun accidentally went off and struck and killed the 16-year-old.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County Deputy Medical Examiner’s Office investigated the shooting and determined it was an accident.
The boy’s family has been notified. The sheriff’s office says the names of the boys will be released later.