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A teenage boy shooting handguns with his father at a Davis County gun range accidentally shot himself in the head Saturday afternoon. Davis County sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen said the 15-year-old was standing while shooting at the Wahsatch Shooters Association Public Shooting Range in Fruit Heights about 4:50 p.m. She said he tried to sit down on a swivel seat, but fell and lost control of the gun. It discharged, shooting him in the head, she said.
A doctor was at the range and immediately performed CPR until help could arrive.
The teen was flown by medical helicopter to a Salt Lake City hospital where he was listed in critical condition, Poulsen said.
"There were dozens of witnesses on scene," she said. "They had the same story about what happened. Initially it appears it was an accident."
She said the gun range was closed to the public while authorities continued to investigate. The teen's name was not immediately released.