An 18-year-old Highland man is recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg.
Highland Police Officer Jeremy Stevens said Jordan Sprinkle and his two friends, Nicholas McClure, 18, and Coty Hollensteiner, 19, were at McClure's home at 19 Lakewood in Hidden Valley on Plum Lake shooting snakes and turtles when Sprinkle was accidentally shot in the leg the afternoon of May 20.
Hollensteiner, also of Highland, said he did not know Sprinkle was walking by when he pulled the trigger on his .22-caliber pump long rifle which he thought was empty, Stevens said.
The bullet entered Sprinkle's left shin. The three boys then left the house to take Sprinkle to the hospital; however, they stopped at Murphy USA in Ash Flat and spoke to Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service personnel who reported the incident to Sharp County Central Dispatch, Stevens said.
When Ash Flat Police Chief Mike Zeiger arrived on scene and asked Sprinkle about his wound, Sprinkle told Zeiger that he had accidentally shot himself in the leg, Stevens said. Sprinkle later changed his story when he spoke with Stevens. Sprinkle said he lied to keep his friend from getting into trouble, Stevens said.
Sprinkle was then transported to Fulton County Hospital by Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service. Stevens seized the weapon.