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

Thursday, May 31, 2012

16-year old North Carolina boy unintentionally shot by 19-year old brother

19-year old Thomas Everhart was playing with a loaded gun in his grandmother's house in Lexington, North Carolina, when he unintentionally discharged the weapon.  The bullet went through his leg, richochetted off the floor, and hit his 16-year old brother, Brandon, in the calf.

The sheriff's office reported the shooting occurred near the kitchen table in the grandmother's home. The 19-year-old was "playing with the gun" when it went off, the captain said. 
"When he pulled the hammer back, it slid off his thumb, which caused it to hit the primer and send the shell off," Tarleton said. "(The bullet) hit him and then it ricocheted off the ground and hit his brother." 
Tarleton said the eldest brother was hit in the leg and the younger sibling was struck in a calf area.  
Thomas Everhart was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Both were treated and released.

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