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June 16, 2014

Boy, 9, shot in chest with pellet gun

SALEM — A 9-year-old boy was shot in the chest by his 13-year-old cousin and seriously injured Sunday evening, while the boys were playing with a pellet gun.

The boy, who was not identified, was listed in stable condition Monday in the intensive care unit at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he was MedFlighted after his sister took him to Salem Hospital.

The boys told police they found the pellet gun in the trash somewhere near their home at 35 Palmer St., said police Chief Paul Tucker. They had been shooting at things outside the house around 6 p.m. when the older boy fired a shot that hit his cousin in the center of his chest from a distance of about 20 feet.

“He was trying to shoot at a stuffed animal, but it hit the boy,” Tucker said.

Tucker said doctors hadn’t extracted the pellet from the boy’s body as of Monday afternoon.

Police seized the weapon, which they found in the driveway of the house.

The incident remains under investigation, and the department could still bring criminal charges against the 13-year-old boy, police said.

Neil H. Dempsey can be reached at or reached via Twitter at @NeilDempseySN.


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