One of two pot-smoking males accidentally shot with assault rifle in Winton

One man was injured Thursday night in Winton after he was accidentally shot at the top of his left foot by a friend, according to the Merced Sheriff’s Department.

The matter is being investigated, Deputy Tom MacKenzie said.

The 21-year-old victim was taken to Mercy Medical Center.

“After doing some investigations and interviews, our deputies discovered that the victim and a friend had been smoking marijuana and playing around with an assault rifle that the victim had just purchased,” MacKanzie said. Both people involved were males.

While they were experimenting, the gun discharged and the victim was shot in the foot. Detectives will review the case to see if they’re going to press any charges.--Ameera Butt