April 24, 2018
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Police say teen shot child with BB gun

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

FORT KENT, Maine — Maine State Police are investigating an incident in which a 9-year-old boy reportedly was shot by a teen with a BB gun.

State police Sgt. Brian Harris said Tuesday that the accident took place on July 16 and was reported to investigators after the child was taken to Northern Maine Medical Center.

According to Harris, Trooper Shawn Whalen arrived at the hospital and learned that the victim had been playing with another 15-year-old who had a BB gun.

The 15-year-old, who apparently thought the gun was empty, pointed it at the victim and fired.

Harris said that the teen didn’t realize that there was a BB still in the gun and when the gun discharged, the BB lodged in the victim’s neck.

The 9-year-old was brought to NMMC where he was treated and then released. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Police are not releasing the name of either individual involved because of their ages.

Harris said Tuesday that he could not say at this point if there would be charges. The case remains under investigation.

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