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Accidental shooting victim's condition stable

June 01, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER

GREAT CACAPON, W.Va. -- An 11-year-old Baltimore boy who accidentally was shot Monday was in stable condition Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, according to Morgan County Deputy Sheriff Tony Link.

Link said Tuesday that family members from Baltimore were visiting in Great Cacapon and were participating in target practice Monday afternoon.

An adult female family member who had no experience with guns accidentally discharged the chamber of a .22-caliber revolver when a family member was teaching her how to shoot, Link said.

The boy was hit in the right upper abdomen when he stepped in front of the revolver, Link said.

Morgan County emergency medical services personnel took the boy to War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs. From there, he was taken to Johns Hopkins. The boy was in critical condition upon arrival, Link said.

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Link said he was told that a "100 percent recovery" is expected.

Morgan County Deputy Cliff Cobern was the investigating officer. He reported no drugs or alcohol contributed to the accidental shooting, Link said.

Linkdeclined to release the name of the female family member involved.

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