published Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Bradley County teen airlifted to Erlanger after accidental shooting

Accidental shooting
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A 13-year-old boy was struck in the left shoulder Thursday by a shot fired from a .40-caliber handgun that discharged while his 14-year-old brother was handling the weapon, Bradley County authorities said in a new release.

The incident happened in the 5600 block of Benton Pike. Authorities have not released the names of those involved.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Bob Gault states in the release that the victim was airlifted to Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga and treated there for “apparently non-life threatening injuries.”

The incident is being investigated, but Gault said preliminary information “indicates the shooting was accidental and no charges will be filed."

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terrybham said...

It is a good thing that he had ready access to a firearm.

September 23, 2011 at 11:26 a.m.
Onceuponatime said...

What about charges against the owner of the gun who left it where children can get to it?

September 23, 2011 at 11:36 a.m.
eastridge8 said...

"No charges filed"? What!!?? Are you serious??!!

The CPD sure filed charges against the father and mother of the little boy that accidently shot his younger sibling to death. Now the father is in jail...(not sure about mom)...and her children have been taken away from her. IT WAS A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT! Don't you think these parents have suffered enough? (If I have this wrong/incorrect please let me know but this is what I last read.)

September 23, 2011 at 11:44 a.m.
esaletnik said...

So who is paying for this, helicopter ride to the hospital, emergency room surgery all because a 13 and 14 year old had access to a gun. You ought to be made to buy insurance if you own a gun the same way you do if you own a car.

September 23, 2011 at 12:35 p.m.
bret said...

Too bad the 13 year-old didn't have a gun as well, so he could properly defend himself.

Right, gun nuts?

September 23, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Too bad personal responsibility is a long forgotten attribute, this way we can blame inanimate objects for the problems we cause ourselves.

Right, bret?

Hey, did you ever read Where the Red Fern Grows when you were a kid?

Hatchets are baaaad mmmkay...

September 23, 2011 at 4:36 p.m.
tderng said...

It may very well be that the parents had the gun in a safe place.As a thirteen or fourteen y.o. they could easily have "found out" where it was kept and got it out to just check it out or to show it off.Until there is more evidence the gun haters will always attack the gun owner to help along their agenda.I will on the other hand have to,lacking more evidence,chastise the gun owner for not having taught the kid responsible gun handling.He is well old enough to have been taught how to handle a weapon with the care and respect it deserves.

September 24, 2011 at 10:09 a.m.
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