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  • Independence teen shot while hunting

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  • Authorities are investigating after an 18-year-old high school student from Independence said she was shot while turkey hunting at Smithville Lake, and the shooter left without helping.
    The Missouri Department of Conservation and Clinton County Sheriff's Office are investigating Wednesday's shooting at Smithville Lake.
    The Conservation Department said Andi Rittel, 18, of Independence, received shotgun pellet wounds in her legs. Rittel told authorities told authorities she was hunting turkeys at the lake on public land by herself at about 10 a.m. Wednesday when she was shot. She was hunting on land just east of Trimble, Mo., on the west side of the lake.
    Examiner news partner KMBC-TV reported that she yelled for help but the shooter left. Rittel was shot in the leg but was able to drive herself to the hospital, where she was treated and released from the hospital later in the day.
    It is the first hunting-related shooting reported at Smithville Lake in 14 years.
    Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to contact the Conservation Department’s Northwest Regional Office at 816-271-3100 or the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department at 816-539-3777.

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