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A western Iowa teen is recovering after being accidentally shot in the leg with a high powered hunting rifle Thursday.

Eighteen-year-old Kory Denton and two friends had been target shooting near a home on Holly Lane in Crescent around 6:20 p.m. and when they finished came inside the house. There they discovered that a cartridge was stuck in the gun, an SKS rifle which had been purchased that day by one of Denton’s friends.

They tried using a screwdriver to dislodge it but the cartridge went off, striking Denton in the thigh. He was taken to a local hospital but then transferred to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Family members told Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker that Denton had surgery Thursday night and is expected to recover.

Danker says the cartridge caused quite a bit of damage and Denton lost a lot of blood.

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