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ARENDAHL TOWNSHIP, MN – Darren Boyum has been living in Arendahl Township for more than forty years, and says life is pretty quiet out here in the county.
But what happened Saturday evening to Jeffery Taylor has those in the area still in shock.
“Anything can happen it’s a tragedy stuff like this, this is a pretty small area, not a lot of things like this happen,” said Boyum.
Authorities say Taylor was at a party when someone started shooting explosive targets for fun.
He was hit in the stomach by shrapnel, and later died.
Boyum says hearing gunshots fired on that nearby property are no surprise.
“I hear them doing trap shooting and stuff over their every once in a while so I didn’t think anything of it,” said Boyum.
Captain John DeGeorge with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office says when they arrived on the scene; Taylor was already being taken by a friend to a different area where they met with the Rushford ambulance and Mayo One helicopter.
DeGeorge says as of right now, safety precautions were being taken during the target practice at the party.
“Safety is the most important issue to make sure proper pre-cautions are made. This was kind of unique set of circumstances that led to those there were some safety precautions being made. There were people who were making that effort,” said DeGeorge.
And it’s those attending the party that DeGeorge wants to thank for helping with the investigation and helping the family to find some peace.
“The people at the location as well as the members of the family of the victim were all very cooperative and helpful in this case and that’s what has enabled us to do a good proper investigation,” said DeGeorge.
Captain DeGeorge says those at the party were shooting at an explosive target called Tannerite.
Tannerite is legal.
It can be found at many sporting good stores and is often used for target practice.
It’s the debris from the target that caused Taylor’s deadly wound.