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Stafford boy critical after hunting mishap

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Sunday, February 12, 2006

A 7-year-old Stafford County boy was shot in the head in a hunting accident and was listed in critical condition last night, authorities said.

The boy and his father were part of a group preparing to go goose hunting yesterday about 7:30 a.m. when the shooting occurred, Stafford Sheriff Charles Jett said.

A person in the hunting party was loading a 12-gauge shotgun in the rear of a sport utility vehicle when the firearm discharged and projectiles struck the boy, who was outside the vehicle, Jett said.

Members of the group rushed the boy to a nearby rescue squad. He was transported to Mary Washington Hospital, where he remained in "very critical" condition last night, Jett said.

The sheriff said the shooting appears to have been an accident. The incident occurred on the Mountain View-area property where the child lives. - Kiran Krishnamurthy

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