8-year-old boy killed by ‘single shot’ from BB gun: deputies – New York Post

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.

Sheriff Chris Bowman told The Post Tuesday he doesn’t foresee any criminal charges filed in the shooting. Bowman declined to identify the 8-year-old who died.

“The investigation is continuing,” department officials said Monday in a statement. “There is no other information at this time.”

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