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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

10-year old New Hampshire boy hunter unintentionally shoots man in arm

Two boys were hunting dear with an adult near Auburn, New Hampshire, when one of them, age 10, unintentionally fired his .22 rifle, hitting the adult in the arm.  The injury is non-fatal.

From an article:
Maniscalchi was hunting in the Dearborn Road area Saturday morning when he was hit in the forearm with a .22-caliber bullet. 
Officials said he was sitting in a ground blind with two young boys, when a 10 year-old boy carrying a .22 caliber handgun inadvertently discharged the firearm inside the blind. 
Maniscalchi was able to walk himself out of the woods and drove to the Elliot Hospital in Manchester for treatment and evaluation. After being treated for his wound, Maniscalchi was released from the hospital later in the day.  
Following a call from the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, personnel from the Auburn Police Department and Fish and Game Conservation Officers responded to the hospital and to the scene of the shooting to investigate the incident.  
Conservation officers worked through the morning and into the afternoon and were able to identify the specific locations of the shooter and victim, and secured all necessary evidence and information.  
Fish and Game officials urge people to practice caution and safety when handling firearms.
From a related blog post at the Ohh Shoot blog:
There is no minimum age for youth hunting in New Hampshire. Youths under age 16 must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter. There is also no required hunter education or gun safety course requirements for youth hunters under age 16.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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