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TN - 10-year-old boy shot while hunting

Article published Nov 12, 2007
CRIME & SAFETY
Boy shot while hunting
Two boys weren't closely supervised, deputies say
By NATE KARLIN
The Leaf-Chronicle

A 10-year-old boy was shot in the arm and stomach Sunday while he and another 10-year-old boy were squirrel hunting with a 22-caliber rifle.

Sheriff's Public Information Officer Ted Denny said a bullet ricocheted off the arm of Austin Lee and hit his stomach.

The two boys were shooting in a wooded area in the 5900 block of Paul Road in Southside.

A parent was with the boys but not in close proximity when the shooting occurred, Denny said.

Denny didn't know if the boys were wearing bright-colored hunting vests or other gear easily spotted in woods.

Lee was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Denny said Lee's wound was not life-threatening.

"Even though he is in serious condition, it is a survivable wound," Denny said Sunday afternoon.

Denny said an adult, possibly a hunter, also was present.

The man pulled Lee from the woods before fleeing the scene, he said. Denny said the two boys and eye witnesses knew the man, who has a warrant issued for his arrest on an unrelated charge.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting.

"Any weapon, even a pellet gun, can injure you, can kill you," Denny said. "If you have 10-year-olds, they need to be supervised. It's a good rule of thumb when you're discharging a firearm, you have an adult present."

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