Boy Accidentally Shot by Father

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

An 8-year-old Cynthiana boy is being treated at UK hospital for injuries sustained when his father's gun misfired.

It happened Saturday evening at a home on Saltwell Road in Nicholas County. The Nicholas County Sheriff says there was a gathering at the home and that those in attendance were skeet shooting. One man took out a shotgun that hadn't been used for a few years and went to load it. His son then reportedly walked in front of him as he went to close the gun. That's when the gun misfired, striking the boy under his right arm.

Dalton Ward was airlifted to UK hospital. Authorities on scene say he was alert and oriented at the time of transport.

The Nicholas County Sheriff says there are presently no plans to charge the boy's father as he believes this was just a horrible accident.

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  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Oct 15, 2008 at 04:26 AM
    Joe, I don't see anything in the article that says that it was a childrens party.
  • by Joe Location: KY on Oct 14, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    Why in the world would adults have skeet shooting at a child's party? Oh yeah I forgot....REDNECKS!
  • by Albert on Oct 14, 2008 at 03:46 AM
    Its a wonder thier not building the gallows in the center of town.Ky is murder crazy.People here and the state, have a hang them all mentality.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Oct 13, 2008 at 12:20 PM
    this irresponsible behavior is no different than leaving your kid in a hot car. What were kids doing running around adults on a skeet shooting spree? It was the parent's responsibility to always know the location of the kid -- especially with guns around. Generally rednecks like to say to blame the shooter and not the gun. Now it's not convenient to say that. I pray for the little boy.
  • by John Location: Salyersville on Oct 13, 2008 at 11:37 AM
    I feel sorry for the entire family.
  • by Tina Location: Danville on Oct 13, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    I am praying for the childs recovery and also for the father. The devestation this father must be feeling. I can't even imagine what he is going through. God Bless them all.
  • by alf Location: wayne county on Oct 13, 2008 at 07:58 AM
    why in the world you let a child or any person stand in from of a rifleor hand gun i raise my four children boys and girls gun safty at an early age also my grand children please give safty class to the people that should know better
  • by Donna Location: Ky on Oct 13, 2008 at 04:07 AM
    I pray for all envolved in this family!!
  • by STOP WITH YOUR MOUTH Location: CARLISLE on Oct 13, 2008 at 03:13 AM
    You know I sure he didn't mean to have it pointed at anyone so I have to say I'm sure the dad didn't mean it SO shut your all mouth and take it for what it's worth.
  • by A Location: L on Oct 12, 2008 at 11:41 PM
    It was an accident but one that indeed could have been prevented. Rule no1 never point a gun at anything you dont want to shoot or kill. The man could have aimed it at the ground which is more proper whne he loaded an old and obviously uninspected gun. Every box of bullets says for use in new condition firearms only. But with human error in mind I am sure the father wouldnt have ever hurt his son on purpose and agree with the laws decision. Two wrongs never made a right.
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