Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Accidental Shooting of 8-Year-old PA Boy with BB Gun - No Charges

Local News reports

Troopers were called to the Towanda Memorial Hospital Sunday, for an incident that happened over the weekend. 

Two brothers, aged 8 and 14 years old, were shooting cans with BB guns in their backyard on Mason Street, when the older boy shot the younger boy in the stomach. The boys ran into the house to tell their mom. 

After the 8-year-old complained he was having trouble breathing his parents took him to the emergency room. 

X-rays reveal the BB went through his body, just missing his spine. Troopers continue to investigate.
It's safe to assume that these boys had been instructed in basic gun safety, being from gun-friendly Pennsylvania and having been granted permission to play with the BB gun unsupervised. Yet, this is what happened.

This is what often happens when kids use guns.  The only proper precaution is adult supervision, all the time, every time.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.


  1. You'll shoot your eye out. . .

  2. That is one hell of a powerful BB gun.

    1. No kidding. I'm guessing it was a pellet gun. BB guns are rarely powerful enough to break the skin.