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Jul 5, 2012 10:38 PM by Q2 News

Billings police investigate shooting of 5-year-old in Heights

BILLINGS - Billings Police are investigating an apparent accidental shooting at the High Sierra Dog Park.

Authorities were called to the scene just after 6:15 Thursday night.

Q2 reporter David Jay reports the victim is a 5-year-old boy.

Police are now investigating, and believe the shooting may have happened as the boy and a companion were target shooting. Sergeant Matt Brewer says the suspect is a a 6-year-old boy.

Brewer says the 5-year old boy suffered life-threatening injuries to the lower part of his body.

"It appears that he had received his injury and layed there for an unknown amount of time, probably at least 15, 20 minutes," Brewer said. "And being a low caliber rifle, they don't make a lot of noise. So noone heard any of the gunshots."

Don Crawford was wallking his dog, and came across a girl, who found the boy.

"She was leaning over a little boy," Crawford said. "Drove up and immediately called 911 when I saw blood. The little girl was crying, and called 911 and just jumped the fence and helped the youngster out as much as I could."

More details once they become available.

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