Authorities said an 8-year-old boy from North Carolina was killed by “one bullet” of a BB pistol.
The boy, who was not immediately identified, was shot at a house in Stony Point, where responding MPs found that he had been hit in the chest by “a single bullet of a BP or Pellet pistol” while shooting targets with another child, County Alexander the Sheriff’s Office said.
The boy was taken to a hospital in Statesville before he went into cardiac arrest while being transferred to another facility in Winston-Salem. Police officials said he was then transferred to Devi Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds.
The shooting occurred while the boy and a 7-year-old friend were firing a BB pistol and a Pele rifle at targets near their family home.
Authorities said the preliminary investigation indicated that the shooting was accidental.
He told the sheriff that he did not expect any criminal charges to be filed in the shooting. Bowman refused to identify the 8-year-old.
“The investigation continues,” officials said in a statement. “There is no further information at this time.”