Boy, 13, shot at Cheatham County firing range - WKRN News 2

Boy, 13, shot at Cheatham County firing range

Posted: Updated: Nov 25, 2012 2:38 PM

A 13-year-old Franklin boy is expected to make a full recovery after he was accidentally shot at a firing range over the weekend.

The incident happened Saturday evening at the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency gun range at the Cheatham County Wildlife Management Area.

The victim was with his family checking on their targets.

According to Cheatham County investigators, the mother of one of the boy's friends went to move several firearms on a bench when a .22 caliber pistol with a hair trigger accidentally discharged.

Cheatham County Sheriff's Lt. Shannon Heflin explained, "They had numerous firearms lying on top of the table and she decided to scoot all the weapons over and as she was scooting them over, the weapon fired, striking our victim."

The boy was struck in the hand and abdomen.  He was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he underwent surgery.

In his nearly 25 years, wildlife manager Randy Cromer says there's never been an accidental shooting at the gun range.

He said, "Last year we sold almost 4,000 permits.  No incidents.  This year we've sold almost 3,600 permits and we've had one.  If you treated every firearm like it was loaded, very few people would ever get accidentally shot."

The shooting has been classified an accident and no charges are expected.

The boy is expected to fully recovery.

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