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12/3/03 - Wood County

New Details On Accidental Wood County Shooting

A 14-year-old Wood County boy was hunting squirrels at his home yesterday evening. While reloading a shotgun in his front yard, he accidentally shot his 11-year-old brother. Colten herring, a fifth grader at Mineola Elementery School, was hit in his right arm and abdomen while standing on the family's front porch getting ready to put up Christmas lights. His mother called 911 while trying to drive him to the hospital. She met paramedics at Walmart, where he was life-flighted to ETMC in Tyler. That's where he died. Mineola Superintendent Mary Lookadoo says she had all of the district counselors at the elementary school today helping the students and faculty cope with this tragedy.

"That's one of the good things about Mineola," said Lookadoo.  "The community will rally around this family and rally around the children and help in any way that we can so that all of us can work through the process of grieving and remembering this child."

Wood County Chief Deputy Chuck Houghton said he doesn't anticipate filing any charges in the case. But, the investigation will be turned over to the district attorney's office.  They will make the final decision whether or not to present it to a grand jury.

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