Boy Shot In Face Imitating Western Movie - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Boy Shot In Face Imitating Western Movie

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Charles Hayes, 19, can hardly describe his emotions when he first learned that his 10-year-old cousin had been shot in the face. "It was crazy. I was at work when it happened. It was just so crazy," Hayes said. That was Saturday afternoon, when his 18-year-old brother, cousin and a 13-year-old boy were at his father's apartment on South Spruce Street.

The boys were watching a western on TV called "The Quick and The Dead." Police said the 18-year-old went to get his father's gun from another room, and the three started playing with it. The gun is a .32-caliber revolver that the teenager thought was not loaded.

"They were playing with the gun, and I guess trying to flip it or whatever, and he threw it at him, and it went off in his eye," Hayes said.

Rock Hill police said it happened when the 10-year-old tossed the pistol back to the 18-year-old. Lt. Brad Redfearn said the boys were practicing tricks.

"They started doing stunts, like they do in westerns in the movies. Spinning the gun on their fingers, things like that," he said. " As soon as the 18-year-old caught the weapon, it went off." Hayes said his brother was devastated, and immediately went to find his mother, who was right below them at a downstairs apartment.

She took him to the emergency room immediately."He felt terrible. I know he was real down about it. He never meant to do that," Hayes said. The 10-year-old is out of the hospital, and family members told Eyewitness News he'll be OK though they aren't sure if he'll be able to use his right eye.

The bullet struck him near the eye and exited behind his right ear. As of late Monday police had not filed any charges in the case.

We have to take that into consideration when we look at, do we file charges or do we not file charges," Redfearn said.

Even though it's an accident, police are looking into who was responsible for the gun, how the teenager got hold of it, and where it was being stored. Hayes said he knew the gun was in the apartment, but that no one had ever touched it before.

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