Boy Flown to Reno Hospital After Shooting Self At Mammoth Shooting Range

Wendilyn Grasseschi
Times Reporter

Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun said today, June 18, that the investigation into a shooting incident involving an Orange County boy, age 15, who shot himself at in unofficial Mammoth area shooting range last Friday, June 15, has been completed. She said there will be no criminal changes filed and that the boy remains in serious condition and in the hospital. Braun said she would not be releasing further information on the incident.

The incident occurred during the morning of June 15, when a 15-year-old boy, who was at the informal Mammoth Lakes shooting range east of the geothermal plant with his 53-year-old father, shot himself.

The nature of the boy's injuries was described by the Mono County Sheriff's Department in a news release as "severe."

The identify of the boy was unknown at press time, and his condition was not known at press time.

Here is the full news release from the sheriff's department, released at 1:09 p.m. June 15, below.

"On Friday, June 15, at 9:08 a.m., Mono County Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call reporting a shooting at the second gun range east of the geothermal plant," according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department. A 53-year old man and his 15-year old son, both from Orange County, were shooting targets with a .22 caliber rifle and a 9mm handgun.

"For undetermined reasons, while shooting the 9mm handgun, the son shot himself. The son was transported by Mono County paramedics to Mammoth Hospital, where he was stabilized.

"Due to the severe nature of his injuries, the son was flown to a trauma hospital in Reno.

"Mammoth Lakes Police Department immediately responded and held the scene of the shooting for the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and the Inyo National Forest law enforcement.

"Our preliminary investigation determined that the firearms were legally possessed and properly registered by the father," the Sheriff's department said in the news release.

"Both father and son had experience with the weapons being used. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident, but there is no indication of any foul play at this time."