Bullet richochets off target, hits teen in neck

SILVERTON, Ore. - A teen suffered a bullet wound to the neck when a bullet fired from a high-caliber rifle at close range ricocheted off a target made of steel.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office investigated the incident and has determined that no criminal charges will be filed.

The bullet hit the 18-year-old in the neck as he and 4 friends shot at a target made of steel. The injured teen got a ride to the hospital, where he was treated and released, the sheriff's office said.

Marion County Sheriff's Office Range Master Deputy Chris Cypert took the opportunity to remind the public:

Only shoot on steel targets specifically designed for high velocity firearms

Always follow the manufactures suggestions for minimum safe shooting distances.

Always wear appropriate eye and ear protection when operating a firearm.