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Youth hunter survives gunshot to chest

HUNTING -- If you've witnessed what a bullet from a hunting rifle does to the inside of a deer or elk, you'll be shocked by this blurb in the weekly Washington Fish and Wildlife police report rounding up enforcement activity from the opening weekend of elk hunting season.

Officers are investigated a hunting incident near Lacrosse in Whitman County.  The victim was a 12 year old male who had a rifle bullet pass through his chest narrowly missing his heart.  The 12 year old was doing well and was being held in the hospital overnight for observation. 

Full details have not been released, but the Whitman County Sheriff's Office said the Pullman boy was accidentally shot on the morning of Oct. 26 while on a hunting trip with family members. He was transported to Whitman Community Hospital in Colfax by personal vehicle. The boy was later transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane for observations with what was believed to be serious by non-life-threatening injuries.

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.