The incident took place in Clay Township, Michigan
Trigger Warning: The story has details of accidental death that readers will find disturbing
An 11-year-old boy was killed after he was shot by his step-father during a hunting accident in Michigan. The boy was accompanied by his family which also included another boy aged 15 and the victim's mother. They were hunting at night in a land that belonged to the victim's family in Clay Township on September 14. The boy's mother also apparently shot herself in the arm during the hunt. The 40-year-old step-father was taken into custody and was held as a felon in possession of a firearm. While no charges were filed against the step-father at first, authorities later said this would be done. He apparently has a criminal record. Michael Koach, the Clay Township Police chief revealed the family had shot a deer earlier that day and were looking for it according to a WXYZ report. It is not yet clear where the boy was exactly shot and how he came to be shot.
He was taken to the McLaren Macomb Hospital and then transferred to the Children's Hospital in Detroit. He died sometime later after being admitted there. "He was treated by our officers and EMS. While doing so they heard another gunshot go off. Ended up finding that the mother trying to unload the firearm had injured herself in doing so. The child's mother is expected to recover. With this being the youth hunt weekend, this is something where they need to be accompanied by another adult in doing so. I think what took place there, family members went out looking for the deer and that's when the tragic accident occurred," Koach said. The police chief was referring to deer hunting season for children under the age of 16 years along with their families. But a fact to note is that the 11-year-old victim was accompanied by a number of adults.
Sad.— RE-AIM (@reaim_us) September 20, 2020
Don't go out without a lot of training.
Everyone needs to wear orange.
There were a total of five people three of whom were adults. Koach reiterated the importance of hunting and firearm safety in light of the incident. He also revealed some possible angles the investigation looked into - such as the time of the hunt and whether it was too late in the dark to have commenced on the same or whether they wore bright orange as required by law. "We’re a big hunting community. Our department instructs hunter safety as well each year so it’s something that we really take to heart," added Koach. The name of the boy was not released. In May another 11-year-old boy died in eastern Jefferson County, Alabama while Turkey hunting with some adults according to al.com.
Child shot, killed in apparent hunting accident in Jefferson County https://t.co/VY8PUEHtfB— AnimalAbusers (@AnimalAbusers) May 12, 2020
This case of accidental shooting took place when the boy was shot by a hunter from the same group of 4. The shooter was a veteran and an amputee. He worked as a middle school teacher. He surrendered to the Jefferson County Jail. Many such hunting accidents with fatalities take place regularly in the country. According to a report of ThoughtCo, "in an average year, fewer than 1,000 people in the United States and Canada are accidentally shot by hunters, and of these, fewer than 75 are fatalities. In many cases, these fatalities are self-inflicted by hunters who trip, fall, or have other accidents that cause them to shoot themselves with their own weapons. Most of the other fatalities come in hunting parties, where one hunter shoots another accidentally." The stats were compiled by the International Hunter Education Association.
In wake of shooting range death, writer who, as child accidentally killed his brother hunting, reflects. http://t.co/QOu8focow9— Michael Luo (@michaelluo) August 30, 2014
According to another report, there were 35,970 firearm-related injuries between 1993 and 2008, involved in hunting across U.S. hospitals. This translated to about 2,400 per year over the 15-year period.