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Forum staff reports, Published September 04 2010

Minnesota teen shot in Grandin; sheriff credits soda bottle for saving boy’s life.

GRANDIN, N.D. – A bottle of soda may have saved the life of a teen shot Thursday night at a rural Grandin home.

On Friday, Traill County Sheriff Mike Crocker said the shooting appeared to be an accident.

The victim, a 16-year-old boy from Halstad, Minn., suffered a shotgun wound to his lower stomach and wounds on his fingers, which Croker said were likely from the bottle.

The boy underwent surgery at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. His name and condition were not available.

The alleged shooter, a 16-year-old Grandin boy, was taken to the Cass County Juvenile Detention Center in Fargo, where he is expected to be charged with reckless endangerment, a Class C felony, and minor in consumption, a Class B misdemeanor.

According to the Traill County Sheriff’s Office:

The incident began when the Halstad boy was invited to a party at a residence about five miles west of Grandin.

At the residence, the Grandin male retrieved a 20-gauge shotgun from his vehicle. Crocker said the boy thought the gun was unloaded but pulled the trigger, firing one round at the victim, who was holding a soda bottle at the time.

“(The bullet) went through the Mountain Dew bottle, which may have saved his life, in my opinion,” Crocker said.

The suspect and a witness then put the victim into the suspect’s vehicle and met a Hillsboro ambulance called to the scene.

Crocker said the incident is still under investigation by his office and the North Dakota Crime Bureau.