Boy shot in head ‘lucky to be alive’

Bluffton shooting
Emergency crews at the scene of the shooting in Bluffton.

BLUFFTON, Ind. (WANE) – A 13-year-old boy in Bluffton who was shot in the head on Tuesday afternoon is recovering in the hospital.

According to the Bluffton Police Department, the bullet did not hit any vital areas of his brain. Police said he was “lucky to be alive.”

Police told NewsChannel 15 on Tuesday that the boy was with a group of minors at 620 1/2 South Beth Avenue in Bluffton. One of the minors had a gun that accidentally went off, hitting the 13-year-old in the head.

Police said he was speaking to medics after being shot. He was flown to a Fort Wayne hospital.

The boy that pulled the trigger was detained by police after the shooting. He has since been released to his parents. The Juvenile Justice Department will look into the case to determine if any charges will be filed.

The Bluffton Police Department was assisted by the Wells County Sheriff’s Office, Wells County EMS, Bluffton Fire Department, Indiana State Excise and Samaritan helicopter. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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