Walworth County authorities investigate shooting of boy near Sharon

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Andrea Anderson
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

SHARON—Authorities are investigating the shooting of a boy in the town of Sharon reported at 12:33 p.m. Wednesday.

Walworth County sheriff's deputies and Sharon police responded to a 911 call of a person shot in the head in a wooded area behind a home at N1602 County K, Undersheriff Kurt Picknell said.

They found a juvenile male with a gunshot wound to the head and applied first aid until Sharon Rescue arrived and transported the boy to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville, Picknell said.

Deputies on Wednesday afternoon were speaking to a male juvenile witness, Picknell said.

Both males are from the area, Picknell said, but he declined to say where they live or their ages.

Lou Smit, Rock County chief deputy/acting coroner, was notified that his office might be needed at Mercy Hospital.

"When I left there about an hour ago, he still had not been declared brain dead. The family was still arriving at the hospital, and authorities were still conducting their investigation from Walworth County," Smit said at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

He said the case would be turned over to the Walworth County Coroner's Office because the incident happened in Walworth County.

Melissa Haney lives down the road from where the incident happened.

She said a mother, father, grandmother, son and daughter live at N1602 County K and gunshots often are heard coming from the area where the boy was shot.

She was not home at the time of the shooting but saw several police cars and heard a helicopter later. 

She and her family often walk from her home, W7696 Lake Shore Road, to the wooded treeline. 

"If you're out there in the woods, no one can see you," Haney said.

Haney said she is not worried about her or her family's safety, but living in a rural area always makes her cautious about stray bullets.

Authorities are "looking into all possibilities" of the shooting, Picknell said.

He later added that it is "an isolated incident and certainly is no reason for the community to be concerned."

Picknell would not comment on the juvenile's condition, what kind of gun was used and who it belonged to because the investigation is ongoing.

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