Boy, 6, accidentally shot as teen shows off gun in North Carolina, deputies say

NASHVILLE, N.C. — A 6-year-old boy is recovering in a North Carolina hospital after deputies said he was hurt in an accidental shooting in Nash County.

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According to WNCN and WRAL, the incident occurred about 2 p.m. Tuesday at a home on Maggie Road in Nashville. Nash County sheriff’s deputies said the boy was home with his 16-year-old brother and his friends when one of the teens began showing off a gun, WNCN reported. The gun somehow discharged, accidentally striking the 6-year-old, deputies said.

Emergency crews flew the child to a nearby hospital, where he had surgery, according to the news outlets. Authorities expect him to survive, WNCN reported.

Investigators said the victim’s parents weren’t at home during the incident, according to WRAL.

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