Loaded shotgun misfires striking 9-year-old

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) A 9-year-old child was treated at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center after he was accidentally shot in the ankle when a shotgun misfired in the vehicle in which he was riding.

An Horry County Police Department incident report states that a 65-year-old Conway man called 911 after a shotgun discharged in his car, striking the child in the front seat.

Officers met with the complainant and the victim at Nichols Hwy and Hwy 319. Horry County Fire Rescue were already at the scene tending to the young victim's wounds.

The driver of the vehicle explained to police that he was traveling in the area of Nichols Hwy and Hwy 917 when the Remington 870 Express Magnum 20 gauge shotgun went off.

The driver asked the 9-year-old sitting in the passenger seat to turn around and see what had happened. He then stated that the victim looked down and told him that he was bleeding.

After realizing the young victim had been shot in the right ankle by the shotgun, the driver called 911.

According to the report, the shotgun was in the rear seat, placed at an angle to where the barrel was pointing under the front seat. The gun was loaded and the safety on the firearm was "off."

The victim was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment by Horry County EMS. HCPD officer took pictures of the shotgun and the inside of the vehicle and it was determined that the weapon was fired by accident.

No charges have been filed in this incident.

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