5-year-old killed in farm shooting

2010-04-28 08:46

A 5-year-old boy has died at the Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein

allegedly after being shot by a 12-year-old boy.

The 12-year-old, from the Reddersburg, Free State, allegedly

borrowed his uncle’s rifle to shoot doves on Monday.

While loading the rifle a shot went off, hitting the 5-year-old in

the ribs.

He was airlifted to Pelonomi Hospital and died yesterday.

A murder case has been opened against the boy, and his uncle – a

farmer will be charged with contravening an act that regulates firearms.

The boy, who could not be arrested because he was a minor, has been

released into his parents’ custody.

The parents of the dead boy were workers on the farm.

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