Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Monday, January 30, 2012

17-year old boy accidentally shoots hunting partner in foot

Three boys, an 18-year old, named Tyler Sumner, and two 17-year olds, Ricky Grivetti and Dakota Bush, were hunting raccoons in the woods of Missouri. One of them injured a coon and held it down with his foot. One of the 17-year olds then tried to finish off the racoon, but missed and hit the 18-year old's foot instead.

From the article:

Twyman did confirm the shooting was accidental and that a .22-caliber rifle was used.

The sheriff's office information stated that it was determined three males were coon hunting in the area. During the hunt, one of the teens wounded a raccoon. A second subject was holding the animal down with his foot to prevent it from getting away.

"The plan was for the subject to remove his foot, and the other subject was to shoot the animal," the press release stated. "When the victim moved his foot, the animal attempted to flee. The victim attempted to put his foot back on the animal, at which time the other subject fired at the animal, striking the victim in the foot."

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"This serious accident occurred because people were not paying attention while using firearms," said Twyman, who also is certified as a hunting incident investigator. "We always encourage everyone to be safe while hunting. Be sure any weapon is only pointed at the target and not at anyone else."


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