The gun involved in an accident which resulted in an eight-year-old Anhui boy getting 86 pellets removed from his face at a Shanghai hospital last Wednesday had been stolen by a teenager, Shanghai Daily reports.
During a six-hour operation, doctors at Shanghai No. 9 People’s Hospital on August 20 removed 86 pellets from the boy’s face after he’d been involved in an accident the night before.
It was initially reported that the boy had shot himself in the face while playing with his parents’ hunting gun, although the Daily now reports that a teenage boy in the neighborhood had accidentally pulled the trigger.
A 13-year-old boy, surnamed Cai, from Huangtuan Village in Feidong County, had hidden the homemade single-barreled gun in the loft of his home after he stole it several years ago from a neighbor surnamed Zhang, xinmin.cn reported yesterday.
Last Tuesday, Cai brought it out when playing with other children. When Cai pulled the trigger, it fired into the face of the 8-year-old, said the website.
The teenager threw the gun into a river after the incident, said the website. Police have since recovered the weapon.
Investigations found that the gun belonged to Zhang’s husband, who died in 2002. It wasn’t stated how he acquired the illegal weapon.
As Cai is too young to be charged, police have asked his parents to “discipline him”.
The eight-year-old is now in stable condition but will need another operation, the hospital said. Doctors added that he’s facing a high risk of disfigurement.