Blount sheriff: Boy hit after mom accidentally fired gun

Sept. 6, 2016: The Blount County Sheriff's Office believes the shot ricocheted before hitting the boy. His injury is not life threatening.

UPDATE: A bullet grazed a 9-year-old Blount County boy on the forehead when his mother accidentally fired a pistol, sending a shot through a second-story floor to the room below, according to Blount County authorities.

The boy, whose name was not released, is recovering at University of Tennessee Medical Center. His wound was not life-threatening.

No charge will be filed against the mother, according to Blount County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Marian O'Briant.

"The boy's mom was handling the gun and it went off by accident," O'Briant said in a release.

The bullet went through the floor and subfloor of the second floor where the mother was and struck the boy on the first floor.

"It was a freak accident," O'Briant said.

PREVIOUS STORY: Blount County authorities are investigating a shooting Tuesday afternoon in which a 9-year-old boy was grazed in the forehead by a bullet.

The pistol appears to have gone off before 6 p.m. at the Manor Way address, resulting in the bullet ricocheting and striking the boy, according to Blount County authorities.

The boy's name was not released. His wound was not thought to be life threatening.

Witnesses at the scene said he was walking around outside after the incident.

He was transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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