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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

Updated: Coroner says teen shot in head in Sharon declared brain dead

Written by  CSI Media news staff
Investigators gather in the parking lot of Triune Lutheran Church in Sharon while investigating a shooting. Investigators gather in the parking lot of Triune Lutheran Church in Sharon while investigating a shooting. Terry Mayer/staff

UPDATE, July 10, 2014, 10:20 a.m. -- Walworth County officials have identified Eric Gutierrez, age 11, from the town of Sharon as the victim in the shooting July 9, 2014.

He was declared brain dead at 12:38 a.m. July 10, 2014, according to a Walworth County Sheriff's Office news release.

Investigators have interviewed a 13-year-old male, and the handgun has been located and collected along with other pieces of evidence.

UPDATE 9:39 a.m., July 10, 2014 -- The 11-year-old boy shot in the head near Sharon on Wednesday was declared brain dead at about 12:40 a.m. Thursday, David Fladten, Walworth County deputy coroner told the Gazette. (STORY)

The boy remains on life support at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville, and the family is making decisions about possible organ donations, Deputy Coroner Thomas Miller told the Gazette.

SHARON -- A teenage boy was shot in the head about 12:30 p.m. today in the town of Sharon, and Walworth County Sheriff’s deputies and the Sharon Police Department currently are on the scene collecting evidence.

The shooting happened in a wooded area behind a home at N1602 County Highway K, just north of Sharon. Investigators set up a command post in the parking lot of Triune Lutheran Church.

When emergency crews arrived, they found a teenage boy with a head wound, Walworth County Undersheriff Kurt Picknell said.

First aid was administered and Sharon Rescue Squad responded, and the subject was transported to Mercy Hospital in Janesville. Tthere is no word on the extent of his injuries.

Investigators are interviewing a male juvenile witness, according to media reports.

Lou Smit, Rock County chief deputy/acting coroner, told the Gazette about 4:45 p.m. today that, "When I left there about an hour ago, he still had not been declared brain dead. The family was still arriving at the hospital, and authorities were still conducting their investigation from Walworth County."

He said the case would be turned over to the Walworth County Coroner's Office because the incident happened in Walworth County.
- See more at: http://www.gazettextra.com/20140709/walworth_county_authorities_investigate_shooting_of_boy_near_sharon#sthash.Q0LgSipy.dpuf

Lou Smit, Rock County chief deputy/acting coroner, was notified that his office might be needed at Mercy Hospital.

"When I left there about an hour ago, he still had not been declared brain dead. The family was still arriving at the hospital, and authorities were still conducting their investigation from Walworth County," Smit said at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

He said the case would be turned over to the Walworth County Coroner's Office because the incident happened in Walworth County.

- See more at: http://www.gazettextra.com/20140709/walworth_county_authorities_investigate_shooting_of_boy_near_sharon#sthash.Q0LgSipy.dpuf

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  • Guest - Judith Hellenga

    Bless this family for considering organ donation at this sad time.

    about 1 month ago
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