Although the shooting of a 14-year-old boy in Briar Tuesday afternoon remains under investigation, it appears to have been accidental.
“There are no indications of criminal intent,” Wise County Sheriff David Walker said. “The kids were trying to shoot at a snake.”
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 14-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,” Walker said.
The 14-year-old boy sustained a “through-in-through” wound in the lower abdomen.
Walker said an adult at the home loaded the boy in the car to drive him to the hospital.
“But they called the mother of the victim, who advised them to pull over and call 911,” he said.
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 Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. His condition was unknown.
Authorities are withholding the names of those involved because they are minors.