Phillips County boy critically wounded in self-inflicted shooting

PHILLIPSBURG, Kan. (KWCH) A 12-year-old boy is in critical condition following a shooting in Phillips County.

The sheriff's office reports receiving a 911 around 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday from a boy stating he had accidentally shot himself and needed help.

The boy panicked and couldn't tell the dispatcher his address, so a dispatcher used the mapping system available within the 911 system and sent officers and EMS to where the system told her was the location.

Before EMS and law enforcement arrived, it was determined the address was incorrect and the proper location was identified.

"With school being out and many responsible children being left home alone, we encourage parents to first, secure firearms in your home and second, encourage your kids to stay calm in emergencies so they can properly communicate with us should they need to call for help," said the sheriff's office in a release.

The child was transported to the Phillips County Hospital then transferred to a Kearney Hospital via ambulance in critical condition.

The sheriff's office says due to weather, air ambulances could not respond to transport the patient.