published Friday, March 29th, 2013

Father issues statement on accidental shooting

The father of the boy accidentally shot Thursday at a home in Marion County issued a statement today from Erlanger hospital, where the boy is being treated.

Marion County authorities say Ken Fagin accidentally shot his son after working on a Beretta 9 mm handgun.

He was test-firing it behind the family’s Kelly Cove Road home and accidentally shot his his son.

Fagin late Friday thanked caregivers for their treatment and others for their well-wishes.

“First, we want to thank everyone for everything they have done for our son, who is now recovering at Children’s Hospital for a wound to the shoulder,” Fagin said in a statement released by the hospital . “This was just an accident and Harley is doing fine. He’s had surgery, did great and understands everything that is going on.”

Harley’s back to regular 13-year-old activities, his dad said.

“He’s been watching SpongeBob this afternoon and is eating fine — Jell-O and grape slushies,” the father said on Friday.

Harley will return to school in a few more days, he said.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6569.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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