Boy in ICU after dad accidentally shoots him

2014-04-29 12:55

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Johannesburg - A 7-year-old boy allegedly shot by his father at a hunting expo in Midrand is recovering in Carstenhof Hospital, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

"He is in the ICU [intensive care unit] but he is recovering," police spokesperson Matomi Tlamela said.

The boy was critically wounded at Gallagher Estate on Monday where a hunting exhibition was taking place. A man went into the toilet with his son, and his gun accidentally went off.

The boy sustained a wound to his chest. Tlamela said no arrest had been made.

"Police are busy investigating a case of negligent handling of a firearm," she said.

Adriaan Woudstra, organiser of HuntEx2014, said he was shocked, adding that strict firearms control measures were in place at the gathering.

He said the man accidentally discharged his personal firearm in a closed toilet cubicle while his two sons were with him.

Woudstra said all firearm exhibitors complied with the legislation of the Firearms Control Act by applying and being issued with temporary firearms exhibition permits.

The permits were issued by the SA Police Service central firearms registry (CFR).

"The CFR was also present on the premises during the duration of the expo, to ensure compliance with the act," Woudstra said.

"They manned two stands and also assisted the Midrand police station with their investigation of the incident."

The SA Gun-owners Association (Saga) expressed shock at the accident.

"We are saddened by the fact that an innocent child is the victim of this incident," the association said in a statement.

The boy was not in danger and no vital organs were hit. Saga urged all gun owners to be careful with their firearms to avoid such accidents.

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