May 20, 2018
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Lincoln teen wounded in pellet rifle accident, police say

Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Dan Summers, Lincoln's director of public safety
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — A 16-year-old town councilor’s son was struck in the left eye by a pellet from a gun fired by a friend last week, a police official said Wednesday.

The son of newly-elected Councilor Christopher Stevens and two other boys were shooting at some cans Saturday afternoon at a home on West Broadway when the 14-year-old boy fired the .177-caliber pellet rifle, said Dan Summers, Lincoln’s public safety director. The pellet ricocheted off the ice before striking the teen, Summers said.

Stevens’ son was taken to Penobscot Valley Hospital of Lincoln and transferred to a Boston hospital. Summers said he didn’t know the extent of the injury but was told that the boy was home.

Summers, who declined to release the names of the teens because they are juveniles, said he doubted any charges would be sought.

“It looks like it was an accident,” Summers said. “You have to be careful when you are out there shooting. Just be aware that even pellets can deflect and you have to be careful with the hard surfaces out there, even with ice.”

Christopher Stevens could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Nationwide, 15,151 injuries from non-powder guns, including BB, air and pellet guns, were reported in 2012, according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Officer John Walsh is handling the investigation. He met the parents of the teens involved at the hospital on Saturday, Summers said. Walsh could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

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