A hunter's rifle has been seized by police as evidence after an 11-year-old
boy waiting at his bus stop was shot, police say.
Eleven-year-old Ulises Hernandez was outside at about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday
with another boy at the intersection of Russell and Hartsfield roads in Merlin
when he was shot in the leg, according to state police.
Hernandez then went back to his home, where his mother called for help. He
was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say 45-year-old Darren Green, who lives across the street from where Hernandez
was shot, contacted deputies after they arrived at the scene. He told them he
was in his home when he saw a deer on his property, which he killed after
shooting four times.
The man reported he did not see the boy, who was less than 100 yards away,
but he told deputies he thought one of the rounds may have struck Hernandez.
State police plan to forward their investigation to the Josephine County
District Attorney's Office for review.
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