Sheriff’s deputies responded to two shooting calls over the Labor Day weekend.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said both shootings occurred Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, but were unrelated and in separate parts of the county.
The first incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Knob Hill Road, in Azle, where a 16-year-old juvenile was shot in the face with a .22 rifle.
Investigators said the victim found the weapon, which belonged to his mother, in a closet. The victim’s sibling did not observe the shooting, but told deputies his brother had been playing with the weapon when it went off. A sheriff’s report stated neither boy believed the rifle was loaded.
The mother was working at the time of the incident. Sheriff’s investigators said the case is currently under investigation with the Criminal Investigations Division and with Child Protective Services.
The victim was transported to a Fort Worth hospital where he is believed to be in stable condition.
The second shooting occurred in the 2400 block of Ranger Highway around 3 p.m. A family member of the 22-year-old male victim told deputies he had been target shooting in a pasture when he was accidentally struck in the stomach by ricochet from a Mosin Nagant M19/30 Russia 7.62 X 54 rifle he had been firing.
Sheriff’s investigators said the victim is believed to be in fair condition and was transported to a Fort Worth Hospital.
“Unsafe handling of firearms accounts for a high percentage of injuries,” said Sheriff Fowler. “It is an extremely dangerous situation, as demonstrated in these two unfortunate incidents.”