Sacto 9-1-1
November 30, 2011
El Dorado Hills boy killed by pellet gun was shot in his torso

By Bill Lindelof and Carlos Alcalá

The name of an El Dorado Hills boy who died after being shot with a pellet gun has been released by officials.

He was identified Wednesday as 10-year-old Keegan Swinney.

El Dorado County sheriff's deputies responded about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a shooting on Waterman Court in El Dorado Hills.

According to preliminary information, the youth was shot by another juvenile in the neighborhood while playing at the neighbor's residence, officials said.

The boys had been shooting in the backyard and Swinney was shot once in the upper torso, according to Lt. Bryan Golmitz.

The shooting was not intentional, he said.

Keegan ran back to his residence and told family members what had happened, then collapsed, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

Family members administered first aid, and medics responded.

The boy was transported to Mercy Folsom Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

"The family is very distraught," Golmitz said.

Although the guns are generally powered by hand-pumped air, "pellet guns are more powerful than a BB gun," Golmitz said.

No additional details are available, but the precise cause of the boy's death may be available later today, he added.

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