A 13-year-old Springtown boy accidentally shot Tuesday in Wise County is “doing OK.”
A family member told the Messenger Wednesday that Carl Davis is recovering in a regular patient room at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.
According to the relative, who asked not to be named, Davis underwent a two-and-a-half hour surgery Tuesday and is being closely monitored for infections.
He is expected to remain at Cook’s for a minimum of five to seven days.
The teenager was flown there after sustaining a wound in the lower abdomen.
Investigators said four youngsters were playing in the front yard of a home in the 100 block of County Road 4764, in Briar, when they saw a snake.
A 12-year-old and a 13-year-old ran inside the home to retrieve a gun to shoot the reptile.
“In the process of rushing outside, the 12-year-old bumped the wall with the rifle – a .22 long rifle – setting it off,” Wise County Sheriff David Walker said.
An adult at the home loaded the boy in the car to drive him to the hospital. But when they called the mother of the victim, she advised them to pull over and call 911.
The driver pulled into the parking lot of Azco Short Stop on Farm Road 730, just inside the Tarrant County line, to call in the emergency about 1:30 p.m.
A helicopter was dispatched to the scene to fly the victim to Cook’s.
“Doctors say that if the bullet moved less than a millimeter to the right, it would’ve hit a main artery,” the relative said. “We are very lucky.”