8-Year-Old Shot With BB Gun Dies

He and a 7-year-old were reportedly target shooting when incident happened in NC
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2020 4:15 AM CST
NC Boy, 8, Dies After Being Shot With BB Gun
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Two children were shooting BB guns at targets when tragedy struck Sunday, leaving an 8-year-old dead. Police responded to a home in North Carolina's Alexander County to find the victim and a 7-year-old had been shooting BB or pellet guns when the older boy was accidentally hit in the chest, per a release. He later died at a hospital, per the Charlotte Observer. The father of one of the boys had been supervising but briefly went to check on another child when the 8-year-old dashed in front of the 7-year-old's barrel just as the younger boy pulled the trigger, aimed at a target, WBTV reports. Charges are not expected. (More North Carolina stories.)

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