Updated: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | Posted: 7:05 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Boy, 14, Shot In Head At Lawrence Co. Cabin
Boy In Critical Condition; Police Could File Charges
HICKORY TWP., Pa. —
A 14-year-old boy is in the hospital after he was shot in the head at a camp along Neshannock Creek in Hickory Township.
State police in Lawrence County said the victim, Russell Callan, 14, Seth Donofrio, 17, and Dennis Burk, 15, were at a hunting cabin owned by an adult friend of one of the boys.
Investigators said Donofrio brought a .32 caliber gun to the cabin, where the boys had been staying for several days.
At around 3 a.m. Wednesday, police said neighbors heard a gunshot. When they arrived, they found Callan shot in the forehead.
He was flown to Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, and was listed in critical condition.
Right now state police don't know if this shooting was an accident or not. Investigators close to the case said the teens may have been playing with the gun, putting it up to each other’s heads, thinking it wasn't loaded.
“We are still looking into all of the circumstances,” said Lieutenant Steve Ignatz. “We have talked to them briefly along with their parents.”
Inside the cabin, investigators said they found a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, shell casings and live rounds in addition to the gun used in the shooting.
State police said they are treating it as a crime scene and may file charges in the near future.
Officials said the guns belong to one of the teen's parents.
“I think it is just such a terrible tragedy. Everyone wants to get to the bottom of what happened here,” said Ignatz.