Man killed while target shooting with family members

Published: Saturday, Nov. 3 2012 7:41 p.m. MDT

Four men were target shooting. 24 yr old male is the victim, dead on the scene when police arrived. Shot with a firearm. Did not specify location of gunshot wound, only said was a fatal shot. Appears to be accidental. Location is in Manning Canyon, 2 miles from the SR73.

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FAIRFIELD — A 24-year-old Salt Lake City man was accidentally shot and killed while target shooting Saturday afternoon with family members.

Joshua Pratt Hooper was target shooting in Manning Canyon in the Oquirrh Mountains in west Utah County with three other family members when a rifle being held by another family member appears to have unexpectedly fired according to Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

A person who was preparing to take a shot had an "unexpected incident" and accidentally shot one of the other members of the group, he said.

According to the Utah County Sheriff's office there doesn't appear to be anything suspicious about the circumstances and Hooper's death appears to be because of the rifle firing unexpectedly.

Hooper's body was taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Salt Lake.

Contributing: Jeff Finley

E-mail: preavy@desnews.com

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