A resident near the 12000 block of Brandherm Road about eight miles west of Beloit reported an 11-year-old boy had come to the door seeking help for his father, who had been shot in the stomach in a wooded area nearby at about 12:30 p.m. Friday, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Rock County Coroner Jenifer Keach on Saturday said authorities continue to view the death as a hunting accident, but declined to give further details about the incident, including who may have fired the shot that hit Preston.

The sheriff’s office released Preston’s identity Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies responding found Preston in the woods Friday with a gunshot wound to his stomach. Deputies and emergency crews attempted to resuscitate Preston.

He was taken to Beloit Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office reported.

Keach said an autopsy is pending.

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