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Halstad boy remains in guarded condition after shooting

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Halstad boy remains in guarded condition after shooting
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Payton Rufsvold, the 16-year-old boy from Halstad, Minn., who suffered a shotgun wound to the stomach late Thursday, remained in guarded condition as of 5:30 p.m. today at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, a hospital administrator said.

According to the Traill County Sheriff's Office, Rufsvold was at a party at a residence about five miles west of Grandin, N.D., when a 16-year-old Grandin boy retrieved a 20-gauge shotgun from his vehicle.

Sheriff Mike Crocker said Friday the Grandin boy thought the gun was unloaded but pulled the trigger, firing one round at Rufsvold, who was holding a Mountain Dew bottle at the time. The bullet passed through the bottle, which Crocker said may have saved the boy's life.

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