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News archive for October 9, 2012

People were consuming alcohol in dwelling where boy was shot

A 10-year-old boy is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries to his left arm and abdomen and has undergone emergency surgery in a B.C. hospital after being shot south of Whitehorse.

By Ashley Joannou on October 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

A 10-year-old boy is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries to his left arm and abdomen and has undergone emergency surgery in a B.C. hospital after being shot south of Whitehorse.

On Sunday night, a group of people were at home near the Mount Lorne area preparing to go hunting.

People in the house were consuming alcohol, Whitehorse RCMP said today.

At some point, a man picked up a rifle and fired it inside the house.

The bullet struck the boy, grazing his abdomen and striking his left arm, causing severe damage.

Family members applied first aid and immediately rushed the boy to the Mount Lorne Community Centre because their home does not have a phone, Sgt. Don Rogers told the Star today.

Police received a 911 call from the community centre at around 9:15 p.m.

The boy was transported to Whitehorse General Hospital. There, he was assessed, then airlifted to B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, where he underwent emergency surgery.

He remains in serious condition today in Vancouver. He is undergoing further treatment.

“Alcohol was definitely a factor,” Rogers said, adding that people should never handle a firearm after drinking.

A 68-year old man was arrested and has been charged with the careless use of a firearm and criminal negligence.

He appeared in court Monday and was released on a number of conditions.

The name of the accused is not being released by police.

Rogers said the man’s name is not being made public out of respect for the family of the victim, and would not confirm whether the two are related.

The RCMP want to remind the public that all firearms are to be handled with care and by responsible persons, he said.

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