A 9-year-old child has been hospitalized after he was shot in the head during a hunting trip with his grandfather in North Carolina on Saturday, May 7.
The unnamed 9-year-old boy and his grandfather were reportedly out turkey hunting in the area of High Pine Church Road on Saturday when their excursion took a tragic turn. After a day of hunting, the two began to stow their guns in the back of a truck. However, while they were tossing their guns into the vehicle, a nine-millimeter gun misfired and hit the child in the head, Daily News reported.
Since the grandfather did not have cellphone reception in the area, he loaded the wounded child into the truck and drove into town to contact 911 for help. An ambulance met the pair at Dawson Miller Road and US-220 Business and took the child to a local hospital in Asheboro for immediate treatment. However, since the child needed advanced treatment, the medical personnel subsequently decided to fly the child to a hospital in the Research Triangle Park area, CBS 17 reported.
The extent of the child’s injuries has not been released to the public and the authorities haven’t yet filed charges in connection with the incident.
In a similar but unrelated incident, a 4-year-old girl reportedly died after she accidentally shot herself with an airgun while playing in Sangareddy district, Telangana, India on March 15, Latin Times reported.
The 4-year-old girl P. Shanvi was allegedly playing with the air gun when the recreational shooting instrument accidentally misfired and the child shot herself with it. The girl, who suffered grievous injuries due to the bullet injury, was rushed to Osmania General Hospital in the city where she succumbed to her fatal injuries and died in the wee hours of March 16.
The airgun reportedly belonged to the victim’s father, Nagraj, a native of the Nizamabad district, who worked at a farmhouse where the incident took place. The owner of the farmhouse used to live in Hyderabad and Nagraj handled the work on the property. The airgun was reportedly used to kill monkeys and storks at the farmhouse.