Two children wounded in hunting accident near Sweet Home

Dad was walking back to pickup when rifle fired

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say two children were wounded Monday in a hunting accident east of Sweet Home.

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley says two children, ages 4 and 2, were injured when their 27-year-old father accidentally discharged his rifle while walking back to his pickup truck.

Capt. Kevin Guilford of the Linn County Sheriff's Office told The Associated Press that the number injured was revised from three children to two after a cut on a 6-year-old's hand was determined not to be shooting-related.

Guilford says the man was hunting with his three children and 54-year-old father at the time.

The victims were transported to hospitals by ambulance, and the 2-year-old with a serious leg injury was transferred to a Portland hospital. Riley says the 4-year-old was struck in the shin and treated at a Corvallis hospital.

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