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UPDATE: Authorities ID hunting accident victim

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DUNDEE (KWWL) -  UPDATE: The Delaware County Sheriff's Office says the victim is 18-year old Ronald Lawson, killed just after 12:30 Monday when another person in his hunting party was doing target practice and accidentally hit the teenager.

Authorities say Lawson was not in view, hidden behind some dense foliage.

The sheriff's office says the group had been hunting squirrels, and when they were unsuccesful turned to target practice.

The sheriff's office says the weapon involved was a .22 caliber rifle.

West Delaware High School Principal Jon Nordaas says school is still being held as scheduled, but there are grief counselors available to students and teachers. 

Nordaas says Ronald Lawson was a senior and was on track to graduate in May. 

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One man was killed in an accidental shooting one mile north of Dundee in rural Delaware County around 12:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.

As a point of reference, Backbone State Park is located about one mile north of Dundee. There is a hunting reserve that surrounds the park.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office is not releasing the names of the people involved in this shooting.

Sheriff's Office is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and is calling this a hunting accident.

Early muzzleloader deer hunting season opened on Saturday.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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