BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
MONTROSE – A 15-year-old Fort Madison girl was killed Sunday in a tragic shooting accident at the Tri-State Gun Club.
According to a release from Lee County Sheriff Stace Weber, at approximately 10:41 a.m, deputies and first responders of Montrose Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the Tri-State Gun Club at 2308 280th Street, Montrose for a reported gunshot victim.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a 15-year-old female who suffered a single gunshot wound. The victim was immediately transported to the Fort Madison Community Hospital by Lee County Ambulance Service.
The victim, identified as Haley Elizabeth McManus, 15, was later transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics where she later succumbed to her injuries.
The cause of the incident is being treated as an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. No foul play or negligence is suspected. The incident is still under investigation pending an autopsy scheduled for Tuesday.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by Montrose Fire and Rescue, Lee County EMS and LeeComm dispatchers.
“The Lee County Sheriff’s Office wishes to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Haley during this traumatic time,” Weber said.
Fort Madison High School Principal Greg Smith said the incident was not related to any school function of the trap shooting team.
“It’s our understanding, that this was kind of a regular thing for her and her dad to go out to the range,” Smith said Monday morning.
Smith said the school has made a staff of grief counselors from the Great River Area Education Agency available for students and staff at the building.