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Boy Hit by Bullet at Family's Homemade Shooting Range

| by Michael Allen

A 7-year-old boy was accidentally shot during target practice at his family's homemade shooting range in El Dorado County, Calif., last Saturday.

According to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department, the boy fired a .22-caliber rifle with his dad and family standing nearby, but was apparently hit by a ricochet bullet.

The targets that the boy and his family shot at were about 40 feet away. The dad was reportedly firing a larger-caliber rifle.

"The parents were watching," El Dorado County Sheriff's Lt. Tim Becker told KCRA. "His dad was right there."

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At some point during the target practice, the boy complained of pain in his chest. His father found a small hole in the child's shirt and blood coming from his son's chest, noted NBC Bay Area.

The dad took the boy to a local fire station where the child was airlifted to a hospital. The boy survived the wound, but no other information is available.

"Firearms are tools, just like any tools," added Lt. Becker. "People get hurt by tools and accidents happen."

Sources: NBC Bay Area, KCRA (Image Credit: NThurston)