Wednesday, September 4, 2013 , Updated 10:00 a.m., September 5, 2013
Police believe shooting and death of Denton student was an accident
Nathan Maki was a senior at Guyer High School.
Maki was a running back for the Guyer varsity football team.
During Tuesday's press conference, which can be seen on www.nbc5i.com, Cunningham said there is no evidence that the shooting was intentional.
The sheriff's department was dispatched to a field near Bowie around 11 p.m. Saturday after receiving a call of a reported shooting.
When officials arrived, they found Maki and a friend, 17-year-old Michael Underwood, at the scene, Cunningham said.
Cunningham said Maki was in a truck with a gunshot wound. He was transported to a nearby Bowie Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The sheriff also said there was alcohol located at the site and that Underwood was arrested for consumption of alcohol by a minor.
Cunningham said there were two guns found at the scene -- a shotgun and a rifle. Cunningham said authorities believe Underwood was holding the rifle, which he said is the gun that killed Maki.
"At this point, we believe the gun accidently discharged," Cunningham said.
Cunningham said the teens were camping to go dove hunting the next day.
Cunningham said there were also two girls at the scene, but they left before authorities arrived. They have, however, been interviewed, and Cunningham said they may be interviewed again.
"Their best friend just died, there was alcohol involved and they were scared," Cunningham said. "They just fled the scene. That's not uncommon for kids."
Cunningham said this is still an open investigation.
According to the Guyer football website, the funeral for Maki will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cross Timbers Church in Argyle.
Donations can be made at any Northstar Bank branch. Flowers can be sent to DeBerry Funeral Home, 2025 W. University Drive, Denton, Texas 76201.
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