9-Year-Old Dies After Bullet Ricochets While Target Shooting

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Arizona 9-year-old was killed by a ricocheted handgun round while target shooting with his family in Tonopah this week.

The boy, who was hit in the neck, was airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital early Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies said. He died of his wounds on Thursday, said Christopher Hegstrom, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

The boy was target shooting with a group including two adults, his sister, and two other children around 5 a.m. It was not immediately clear who fired the shot that hit him. 

"They're all together, someone fires a gun, and the bullet ricochets and hits the boy. They immediately call 911, pick up the boy, and put him in the car," said Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy Joaquin Enriquez.

Several handguns and a shotgun were found at the scene.

"At this time, no charges have been filed pending the outcome of the investigation," Hegstrom said in a statement.

Hegstrom noted the boy’s identity was withheld due to the continuing the investigation. No one was taken into custody.

Sources: New York Daily News, My Fox Pheonix