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Woman hit by stray bullet at campsite in Red Feather Lakes

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A woman was airlifted to a hospital after an accidental shooting at a campsite in Red Feather Lakes on Saturday night, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said.

The woman was shot in the upper thigh while camping in the Swamp Creek area, the sheriff’s office said.

There was no cellphone reception in the area, so other campers had to drive the injured woman several miles before they could call for help, the sheriff’s office said. The injury was not considered to be life threatening.

Several campers in the area told investigators multiple people had been firing weapons throughout the day.

The sheriff’s office said it believes the woman’s injury was the result of someone being reckless with a gun but couldn’t determine the source of the stray bullet.

“The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Forest Service would like to remind residents and visitors to understand safe shooting practices before going to your Forests and Grassland,” officials said.

Under federal law, recreational shooting can take place on the National Forests and Grasslands under these conditions:

  • You are at least 150 yards from a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation area or occupied area.
  • You are not shooting across or on a National Forest System Road or an adjacent body of water.
  • You are not shooting into or within a cave.
  • You are not shooting in any manner or place where any person, property or resource is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge.
  • You are not firing any tracer bullet or incendiary ammunition.

Also, possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage while discharging a firearm is not allowed.

The Forest Service recommends the Baker Draw designated shooting area in Weld County or going to a shooting range.