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Investigation Continues Into Yellowstone Campground Shooting

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Date: September 8, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Sept. 8, 2013 @ 4:00 pm  13-080   

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Investigation Continues Into Yellowstone Campground Shooting

Park rangers continue their investigation into an incident which claimed the life of a young girl in a Yellowstone National Park campground.

On Saturday morning, dispatchers received a 911 call from a woman that her 3 year old daughter had just shot herself with a handgun.

Park rangers and an ambulance responded to the Grant Village Campground in the southern portion of the park where the Idaho family was staying.

Efforts to resuscitate the girl were unsuccessful.

The identity of the young girl and family is being withheld until sometime Monday at the request of the family. The incident remains under investigation.

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