POSTED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 8:34pm
LIVONIA, LA (NBC33) — The town of Livonia is rallying to support a teenager who was shot in a hunting accident last weekend.
Brandt Torres was duck hunting with two friends just north of town Saturday morning when he was accidentally shot by one of them. He was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, where he was last reported to be in critical, but stable condition.
Around 100 people showed up to a vigil last night in Torres' honor, and to support the other two teens who were with him. Experts are reminding hunters of all ages to be careful.
"I think the risk definitely goes up any time you're dealing with weapons and an outdoor environment, things can happen,” Adam Einck, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said. “So it can happen to anybody out there. Everybody's just got to be very aware of their surroundings."
The First Baptist Church in Livonia says it’s going to hold a fundraiser and blood drive this coming Saturday to help pay Torres' medical expenses.