LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said a 9-year-old Seward boy was killed in a hunting accident near Branched Oak Lake on Sunday morning.
The accident happened near NW 98th Street and West Davey road about 7:40 a.m.
LSO said the young boy accidentally shot himself while pheasant hunting with his father.
Authorities said Gunnar Holte, 9, was shooting at a bird, went to reload a shotgun, and the gun fired.
The father said he turned around and saw his son had fallen.
An off-duty Lincoln Police officer was also in the area hunting and tried to help the boy.
The child was taken to the hospital where life-saving measures were not successful, LSO said.
A GoFundMe account has been created to help cover funeral expenses.