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Neighbors react to Shelbina accidental shooting

Neighbors are reacting after a Shelby County teen died following an accidental shooting early Wednesday morning.

“I heard the shot and I was in there watching t.v., about maybe two or 3 minutes later, I seen all the lights flashing and I got up and come out here and I watched them load him in the ambulance,” John Schaefer said.

Shelbina Police Chief Jerry Fenton told WGEM News, 17-year-old Zachery Stokes of Shelbina, Missouri, was shot with a .50 caliber muzzle loader by a 23-year-old man around 1 a.m. at a home in the 200 block of W. Beech St.

He noted their was no indication of drugs or alcohol involved, but gun safety is important to help prevent tragedies like this one.

“The common rule always applies, that if you treat every weapon as if it were loaded, then that will help avoid a large majority of these accidents,” Fenton said. “Everyone takes for granted that a weapon is unloaded and that’s when a majority of our accidents come from. ”

Fenton said an air ambulance was also called, but Stokes died before being transported. The man police say shot Stokes was not arrested, however the investigation is ongoing and charges are possible.

Shelby County R-IV Superintendent Tim Maddex told WGEM News that Stokes as a student at South Shelby High School.

Maddex added that counselling was available for students at the high school. Interested students and parents should call 573-588-4163.

Drew Brown

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