9-Year-Old Dead Because Of Ricocheted Bullet During Target Practice
The Arizona child was killed by a ricocheted bullet during a round of handgun shooting with his family.
The boy, who was hit in the neck, was airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital early Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies said. He died of his wounds on Thursday, said Christopher Hegstrom, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
The boy was target shooting with a group including two adults, his sister, and two other children around 5 a.m. It was not immediately clear who fired the shot that hit him.
“They’re all together, someone fires a gun, and the bullet ricochets and hits the boy. They immediately call 911, pick up the boy, and put him in the car,” said Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy Joaquin Enriquez.
Several handguns and a shotgun were found at the scene.