An 11-year-old returned to Chicago Wednesday from a visit to Anniston, but only after receiving treatment for a gunshot wound caused by an accidental shooting, police say.
On July 9 the boy, visiting family in Golden Springs for the summer, found a handgun that an older teen relative had hidden in bushes at the home on the 3900 block of Greenbrier Dear Road, according to a press release from Anniston police.
“When the relative saw the victim with the firearm, he attempted to snatch it away from the victim, causing the victim to pull it away from the relative and the firearm to fire,” wrote Anniston police Capt. Allen George. Police recovered a .25 caliber handgun at the scene.
The bullet struck the boy in the right side, exiting in the left lower chest. He was treated locally before being flown to UAB Hospital for further treatment, the release states, and he is expected to make a full recovery.
In an email to The Star, George wrote that the gun recovered at the home has not been reported as stolen, and no charges related to the shooting have been filed.
“This case highlights the importance of responsible gun ownership. Responsible gun ownership reduces the theft of firearms and accidental shootings of this nature,” George wrote.