No known negligence involving Boy Accidentally Injured by Bullet
The El Dorado County Sheriff's office released a statement on Monday that read:
"Upon their arrival at the Georgetown Fire station deputies learned that while visiting their property in Georgetown a family from the bay area was shooting targets at a shooting range they had constructed on their property. Two people were shooting rifles at targets on the range on the property at the same time. The targets were approximately 40 yards away from the shooters. Multiple family members were behind the shooters watching them. A seven year old boy was one of the shooters on the range and was shooting a single shot .22 caliber bolt action youth rifle, with the help of his father. The other subject was an adult male and was shooting a larger caliber rifle. Both shooters were the same distance from the targets and a few yards to each others side.
The guns were always pointed down range in a safe manner and never pointed at any of the people at the location. Nobody shooting or watching noticed any ricochets at the time however at some point while they were shooting the 7 year old grabbed his chest and complained of pain. His father was right there with him and checked his chest to see that the boy had a small hole in his t-shirt and was bleeding from his chest, behind the hole in the t-shirt. The boys father immediately transported the boy to the Georgetown fire station were he was picked up by a helicopter and transported to a hospital in the Sacramento area. His condition is not known at this time."
Although the report describes an accident that was not caused by any negligence, the Sheriff's office added that, "Detectives were assigned and have initiated an investigation to determine how the boy received his injuries."