GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy shot and killed two men at a deer hunting camp in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon, authorities said Thursday.
The teenager fled after the shooting late Wednesday night but was captured after he apparently accidentally shot himself in the leg and returned to the cabin, the Grant County sheriff's office said in a statement. Another member of the group held the boy at gunpoint, forced him to get on the floor, then taped him to a chair.
Deputies were called to the remote location by the owner of the cabin, who fled and drove about 9 miles to Granite, authorities said.
Established after the discovery of gold in 1862, the town had only 38 residents with a median age of 62 when the 2010 census was taken.
The victims and the boy were all from the Baker City area, about 25 miles east of Granite, the sheriff's office said. Their names were not immediately released.
The boy was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Baker City, then flown to a hospital in Boise, Idaho.
Sheriff Glenn Palmer declined to answer questions about a possible motive or the relationship between the boys and the two men until families of the victims had been notified. He said it would likely be Friday morning before any names were released.
The cabin on the edge of the Umatilla National Forest is located southwest of Granite on private land off a U.S. Forest Service road, authorities said.