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Witnesses: Overnight shooting in Granite Falls was an 'accident'

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GRANITE FALLS, Wash. - A man was rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound early Tuesday after what witnesses said was an accidental shooting, officials said.

The incident unfolded at about 12:30 a.m. when police responded to a 911 call about shots fired in the 20300 block of Gun Club Road in Granite Falls, said Shari Ireton of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Arriving at the scene, they found several adults including a 61-year-old man with a gunshot wound in the shoulder. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. His condition was not immediately available.

Officials say it appears a 35-year-old man was inspecting a rifle when it went off. Witnesses told investigating officers it was an accidental shooting and there was no reported altercation before the gunfire.

Meanwhile, the shooting victim told police he didn't know what happened.

A .22 caliber rifle was recovered and taken into evidence and the investigation is continuing. No arrests have been made, but there could arrests later if the circumstances change, Ireton said.

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