UPDATE: Boy Shot with Pellet Gun in Critical Condition

By: Cathleen Moxley, Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Cathleen Moxley, Brooks Jarosz Email

UPDATE: 8/16/12 @ 5:45 pm
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An accidental shooting with a pellet gun has left a little boy fighting for his life.

That 7-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was shot in the chest Tuesday night. It happened at a home in Seth, in Boone County.

Boone County Sheriff Rodney Miller was disturbed when he heard that the boy and his sibling were playing with the gun when it went off.

“We have a young child in the hospital with life-threatening injuries that was created by this weapon. Some people may call it a toy. Obviously it's not,” Miller said.

The shooting was accidental, but an investigation is still being launched. Deputies want to know where the adults were, and why the gun wasn't in a secure place.

“There's no excuse. It has to be done. We can't afford to let children injure themselves or each other by accident,” Miller said. “Weapons were only created for one reason and that's to kill; whether it's to hunt for game or for protection.”

Pellet guns don't fall under the same laws as other firearms; meaning there’s no license or training required.

However, law enforcement says those who buy these weapons still need to be extra careful; especially when children are around.

WSAZ.com did speak with the boy's parents at the hospital Thursday afternoon. They only wished to say that their son has come a long way and they're hopeful.

This case is still under investigation, but Sheriff Miller says it is possible that the parents could be charged.

SETH, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A young boy is in the hospital after deputies say he was shot with a high-powered pellet rifle.

Boone County Sheriff's deputies say a 7-year-old was shot once in the chest and had to be rushed to CAMC General in Charleston. He is still recovering from his injuries, according to detectives

Investigators say one of the young boy's siblings pulled the trigger about 11 p.m. Tuesday at a home in Seth.

Deputies tell WSAZ.com they are still investigating the incident but say it appears the shooting was accidental.

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