Jason Cowan
The Union Democrat

A shooting Wednesday that left a 14-year-old West Point boy dead was not a hunting accident, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the incident as a shooting, Sgt. Anthony Eberhardt said.

The shooting happened Wednesday at a quarry near the 1000 block of Bald Mountain Road in West Point. Sheriff’s deputies responded, at 3:40 p.m., to a call that indicated the 14-year-old boy was shot by a 16-year-old, also of West Point.

Eberhardt said Friday that the Calaveras County Sheriff’s’ Office had the 16-year-old in custody on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm. The boy was turned over to the custody of the Calaveras County Juvenile Probation Department.

A sheriff’s office press release stated the victim sustained injuries to his face and upper body. Fire personnel and paramedics arrived on scene shortly after the incident and transported the victim to Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas, where he died.

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