Yellowstone National Park

Sep 7, 2013 11:29 PM by MTN News

Child dies from gunshot at Yellowstone National Park

A child died as a result of an incident at a campground in Yellowstone National Park on Saturday morning.

A press release from park officials says that rangers responded to a 911 call from a woman at the Grant Village Campground, who told the emergency dispatcher that her young daughter had shot herself with a handgun.

Resuscitation efforts by responding emergency medical staff were unsuccessful.

The girl, whose age has not been disclosed, died.

Park spokesman Al Nash tells MTN News, "This is the kind of event that while our staff is trained for, it's a very challenging kind of incident to respond to. We're professionals, we know how to deal with this. but it doesn't mean that it doesn't impact us. You know certainly our hearts go out to the family and friends in what is certainly a trying time for them."

The incident is being investigated.

The child's identity is being withheld pending notification of extended family members.

No other details have been released at this point.

We will update you as more information is available.

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