A young hunter accidentally shot and killed himself moments after shooting at a bird. Gunnar Holte died in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sunday morning while out on a hunting trip with his father Matt.

Gunnar is said to have been reloading his .410 shotgun moments after firing at a bird when his father heard it go off. Matt Holte turned around to find his son lying on the ground.

He his screams caught the attention of an off-duty police officer who was also out hunting with his son, with both men performing CPR on Gunnar until an ambulance arrived.

The youngster was taken to a nearby hospital, and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Captain Tom Brookhouser from Lincoln Police told the Lincoln Journal Star that the shooting was ‘a very tragic accident.’

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He added: ‘Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family.’ Gunnar’s second cousin Sarah Flantz Barbosa paid tribute to the youngster on Facebook, writing: ‘Our hearts are broken for my cousin Matt and his family.

‘We are holding onto the certain knowledge that Gunnar is home in his Savior’s arms. Please keep this dear family in your prayers.’

The youngster is also survived by his mother Sarah and younger sister.

Gunnar attended St John Lutheran School, with a spokesman saying: ‘As we grieve the loss of Gunnar with the Holte family, we find comfort in knowing Gunnar’s faith in our resurrected Lord.’

Nebraska state laws allowed children aged 15 and younger to hunt pheasant, quail and partridge if accompanied by an adult with a hunting license last Saturday and Sunday.

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