Boy shot in leg waiting for school bus

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy waiting for the school bus in the Southern Oregon community of Merlin was shot in the leg, and state police are investigating whether a man shooting at a deer in his front yard was responsible.

Troopers say the boy was able to walk home Wednesday and contact his mother.

He was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Grants Pass.

Authorities say a 45-year-old man who lives across the road told sheriff's deputies that he shot four times at a deer in his front yard, and one of the rounds may have hit the boy, whom he did not see in the background as he fired.

State police say they seized the .30/30 rifle as evidence.

The names of the boy and the hunter were not released.

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