Investigation continues into accidental shooting

Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are continuing their investigation into the death of an Upper Kalskag boy killed in an accidental shooting on New Year's Eve.

The accident occurred while 13-year-old Jason Timothy Evan and his 7-year-old brother were alone in the home. Jason was shot with a Rueger rifle. By the time the village health aide arrived, the boy was already dead.

Troopers originally had thought both the boy's parents were playing bingo when the boy was killed from a single gunshot wound to his chest.

But further investigation revealed that the boy's mother was at bingo and his father was out marking trail. A teenage daughter was left with the boys but had stepped out of the house when the accident occurred.

Before the parents left, the boys got permission to get out the family's guns and get them ready to shoot off at the start of the New Year, said trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

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