November 19, 2017


An 11-year-old boy had minor injuries after being shot in the face by his father during a hunting accident Sunday morning roughly two miles south of Pretty Prairie, the Reno County Sheriff’s Office stated.

According to a press release: Jean Carlos Alcala, 37, of Wichita, reported he swung his 12-gauge shotgun to shoot a bird somewhere on the 26000 block of S. Dean Road and hit Gabriel Alcala in the face. The man said his son was walking about 20 feet ahead of him and off to his left when the accident occurred.

The release said the man was hunting with his son and 9-year-old nephew, Isaiah Quirarte. Police were notified around 9:45 a.m. The boy was taken to St. Joseph’s in Wichita. The release said the trio were on a walk-in-hunting field.

Walk-in-hunting is a program the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism started in 1995. It allows people access to hunt on private land through a contract between the state and the landowner. According to the department, the landowner is not liable for any accidents.


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