ASHLAND CITY, Tenn.- Officials said no charges will be filed after a 13-year-old was accidental shot at a gun range near Ashland City.
The shooting occurred at the Cheatham County WMA Firing Range, run by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Cheatham County Sheriff John Holder said that basic gun safety rules were broken, leading to the accident.
TWRA Wildlife Manager Randy Cromer said the single action 22 caliber revolver was sitting on the table with other guns. He said the gun went off when a woman tried to move it.
"It's my understanding that the lady who moved the weapon was standing on that side, and the father was down range toward the burm," said Cromer.
The gun then discharged and shot a 13-year-old boy in the stomach. A helicopter flew the teen to Vanderbilt Medical Center. Although the wound was traumatic the teen is expected to make a full recovery.
"He's very lucky. If it had been anything that had any kind of a hunting bullet in it or something it could have torn a hole in him a yard wide," said Jerry Cherryholmes, a local hunter.
The accident happened during what is called a cold range when all shooting is supposed to stop. Shooters are supposed to unload their weapons and not touch them while they check their targets and marksmanship.
"This gun was loaded and because it was single action it very well could have been cocked. I don't know that for sure I wasn't here, but it almost had to have been cocked to discharge so," said Cromer.
Cromer said the movement could have cocked the gun.
In any case the rules of a shooting range were broken. Despite that Cromer says it's the first accident at this gun range in at least 24 years. Sheriff John Holder said that since shooting was an accident, so no charges will be filed.