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UPDATE: Gun used in CA Valley 'accidental' shooting was stolen, officials say

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UPDATE: Fish and Wildlife officials said Monday the gun used in a shooting last week in California Valley where a man was accidentally shot by his friend while deer hunting was reported stolen.

Captain Todd Tognazzini says they recovered the firearm and determined it was stolen from Las Vegas last September.

Fish and Wildlife officials are now working with authorities in Las Vegas on their investigation and working to determine how the gun was obtained by the man involved in the shooting. 

Tognazzini says the man is cooperating with them and no arrests have been made.

Once complete, Fish and Wildlife will turn the case over to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office for review. 


A man was shot in California Valley Thursday morning after being mistaken for a deer, according to Fish and Wildlife.

Captain Todd Tognazzini says a group of deer hunters were in the area off Caliente Ridge Road near Cuyama when one of the men misidentified another man for a deer in the brush.

The victim, said to be in his 60s, was reportedly shot in the shoulder with a high-powered rifle. 

Tognazzini says the man's injuries appear to be non-life threatening. He was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Kern County.

The sheriff's office responded, but handed the investigation over to Fish and Wildlife once foul play was ruled out, Tognazzini said, adding that he was unaware of any violations related to Thursday's shooting. 

The men involved were part of a group of five adults and one juvenile, according to Tognazzini, who says they are from out of the area. 

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