An 8-year-old North Carolina boy was killed this week by a “single shot” from a BB gun, authorities said.
The boy, who was not immediately identified, was shot Sunday at a home in Stony Point, where responding deputies found him struck in the chest with a “single shot from a BB or pellet gun” while shooting at targets with another child, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
The boy was rushed to a hospital in Statesville before going into cardiac arrest while being transferred to another facility in Winston-Salem. He was then diverted to Davie Medical Center, where he died from his injuries, sheriff officials said.
The shooting occurred as the boy, and a 7-year-old pal were firing a BB gun and a pellet rifle at targets near one of their family’s homes.
An initial probe indicates that the shooting was accidental, authorities said.
“The investigation is continuing,” department officials said Monday in a statement. “There is no other information at this time.”
The boy had not been publicly identified as of Monday, the Charlotte Observer reported.
A message seeking additional comment from investigators was not immediately returned early Tuesday.