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9-year-old Seward boy dies in hunting accident, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says

9-year-old Seward boy dies in hunting accident, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says

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The Holte family

A 9-year-old Seward boy died in a hunting accident early Sunday near Branched Oak Lake, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

Capt. Tom Brookhouser said Gunnar Holte and his dad, Matthew Holte, had been pheasant hunting in the area of Northwest 98th Street and West Davey Road when it happened at about 7:40 a.m.

Brookhouser said the boy had fired his shotgun at a bird, then went to reload when his dad heard another shot go off, turned around and saw his son had fallen to the ground. 

He said the dad rushed to his son's side, as did an off-duty Lincoln police officer who happened to be hunting in the area with his son when he heard the father's screams. They started CPR and called 911.

Both Malcolm Fire and Lincoln Fire & Rescue responded, and the boy was taken to Bryan West Campus in Lincoln. But life-saving measures were unsuccessful, Brookhouser said.

"It's just a very tragic incident," he said. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family. 

Nebraska Game & Parks is assisting the sheriff's office in the ongoing investigation.

A two-day youth pheasant, quail and partridge hunting season ran statewide Saturday and Sunday. The season opens to all hunters Saturday.

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