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Condition of Clark, Wyo., man improves after accidental shooting

Condition of Clark, Wyo., man improves after accidental shooting

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A 19-year-old man from Clark, Wyo., has improved to serious condition at a Billings hospital after his friend accidentally shot him in the stomach earlier this week.

On Tuesday, Patrick Caines was listed in critical condition at St. Vincent Healthcare, but a hospital spokeswoman said late Wednesday morning that his condition had been upgraded to serious.

Park County, Wyo., Sheriff Scott Steward said Caines and a friend were cleaning handguns in Clark when Caines was shot in the abdomen at about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Caines' friend was dry-firing the guns after cleaning and reassembly to make sure they worked properly and did not realize that a .41 caliber magnum revolver was still loaded, Steward said.

The gun went off and a bullet struck Caines.

Caines was flown to St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, where he remained Wednesday.

Steward said the shooting appears to be accidental and that foul play is not suspected.

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