12-year-old injured by gunshot

Published 10:47 pm Monday, July 19, 2010

Thorsby Police are investigating the apparent accidental shooting of a 12-year-old boy who was severely injured Saturday night.

At approximately 6:12 p.m., Thorsby Police, Thorsby Fire and Rescue and RPS ambulance responded to a report of a gunshot victim in the 900th block of Third Street in Thorsby. Upon arrival, they found a 12-year-old boy with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the head.

Reports indicated the boy was home alone at the time of the incident. The gun, a .38 caliber revolver, was found in the room with the child.

The victim was transported via RPS ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Lifesaver helicopter was called but could not fly due to inclement weather.

“At this time it appears the shooting was accidental,” said Thorsby Assistant Police Chief Rick Simmons. “There’s nothing to indicate anyone else was involved.”

In a statement released by Thorsby Police, the older brother of the victim had said his brother (the victim) was OK when he left to pick up their mother from work. Upon their return, they found the boy on the floor and called authorities.

Details of the event are still under investigation by the Thorsby Police Department. As of Monday, the child was being treated at Children’s Hospital.

Simmons did not know the boy’s official condition but said the injuries were severe.