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Published: Tuesday, 4/2/2013

Accidental shooting injures high school student


OTTAWA, Ohio -- An 18-year-old high-school football player was apparently accidentally shot while riding in a pickup truck near this Putnam County community Monday, authorities said.

Tristan Parker, who was shot in both legs, was treated at St Rita's Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. Mr. Parker, a senior at Ottawa-Glandorf High School, was a running back for the football team, sheriff deputies said.

The sheriff's office received the report of the shooting about 6:50 p.m. after emergency medical personnel attended to the victim at a residence on County Rd. 5 where he and an alleged shooter, a friend who is also 18, had stopped to seek help, sheriff deputies said.

The victim was riding in the back seat of the pickup when his friend apparently showed him his new Glock handgun, at which time it discharged. The bullet struck the victim in his right thigh and then in his left calf, before exiting, according to the sheriff's office.

The incident remained under investigation. There were no charges filed.

Ottawa, the county seat, is 65 miles southwest of Toledo.

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