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      Updated: Teen in Hospital After Accidental Shooting Near Axtell

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      A 17-year-old was transported to a hospital Thursday night following an accidental shooting near Axtell.

      According to the Nebraska State Patrol, five juveniles had driven out to an abandoned farmhouse north of Axtell Thursday night. The two females in the group and one of the males left to explore while the other two males stayed inside the pickup.

      After returning, the three found the doors locked to the pickup.

      Officials say the male outside the pickup was joking around when a 22-caliber handgun he was carrying accidentally discharged, hitting one of the teens inside the truck.

      The injured teen was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney with a gunshot wound to his mid to lower back. He is believed to be in stable condition following surgery, according to Kearney County Attorney Melodie Bellamy.

      The other juveniles were released to their parents.

      The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed at this time.

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