WOODRUFF, UT. (AP) – Authorities say a 14-year-old, Zackary Kempke, was accidentally shot and killed while riding in his family’s car in northern Utah near a group of target shooters.
The Herald Journal in Logan reports the incident happened Sunday afternoon at around about 3 p.m. as the family of four was driving on Dairy Ridge near Monte Cristo campground southwest of Woodruff.
Rich County Sheriff Dale Stacey says a group was target-shooting with rifles in an area with trees and did not realize there was a road on the other side.
Stacey says the Kempke was shot in the head and died instantly.
The incident remains under investigation.
Local authorities believe the shooting was accidental, but the case is being investigated as a homicide. The county attorney will then determine any possible charges from the report.