Mono County Sheriff’ Office news release
On Friday, June 15, 2018, at 9:08 am, Mono County Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call reporting a shooting at the second gun range east of the geothermal plant.
A 53-year old man and his 15-year old son, both from Orange County, were shooting targets with a .22 caliber rifle and a 9mm handgun.
For undetermined reasons, while shooting the 9mm handgun, the son shot himself. The son was transported by Mono County paramedics to Mammoth Hospital, where he was stabilized. Due to the severe nature of his injuries, the son was flown to a trauma hospital in Reno.
Mammoth Lakes Police Department immediately responded and held the scene of the shooting for the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and the Inyo National Forest law enforcement.
Our preliminary investigation determined that the firearms were legally possessed and properly registered by the father. Both father and son had experience with the weapons being used. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident, but there is no indication of any foul play at this time.