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BB Gun Death: 10-year-old Florida Boy Dies After Being Shot By Air Rifle [Video]

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Frostproof, FL – Authorities say a 10-year-old Florida boy shot in the head with a BB gun last week died from his injuries Wednesday night.

According to WTSP10 News, Skyler Richardson of Frostproof was firing at targets outside his home with his brother, Taylor Richardson. During the target practice session, Taylor, 13, accidentally accidentally shot Skylar at close range.

The BB, fired from a Daisy Powerline 880S air rifle, hit Richardson above the right ear, and penetrated his skull, Polk County Sheriff office told FoxNews.com.

Reports say the boys’ mother, Heather Richardson, was in the home preparing dinner when Taylor told her what had happened.

Emergency medical services were called to the home, and Skyler was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He was unconscious when he arrived at the hospital and eventually succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday night.

A product description of the 880 BB gun on Amazon shows that the multi-pump pneumatic — the more pumps the faster the shot — rifle has the capability of firing as fast as 800 feet per second using BBs and 665 feet per second using pellets.

The older son told investigators that he pumped the gun several times and pointed it at his brother, the report said.

Here is a video on the accident:

Sadly, Richardson’s tragic death isn’t the first fatality caused by a BB gun. According to a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about four deaths and 30,000 injuries are caused annually by air rifles.

“BB guns can kill a person. High-velocity BB guns, which have muzzle velocities higher than 350 feet per second, can increase this risk,” the CPSC said.

As a result of the alarming stats, the CPSC warns that children under 16 years of age should not use high-velocity BB or pellet guns.

Here is a video on BB gun safety:

What are your thoughts on the matter: Should children under 16 be able to use BB Guns?

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24 Responses to “BB Gun Death: 10-year-old Florida Boy Dies After Being Shot By Air Rifle [Video]”

  1. Alaina Duval

    Doesn't this boy know your not supposed to aim it at people and I think they should at least have a parent with them at all times when managing a gun of any type and I think ten is way to young for any body to be practicing with guns! I do feel for the parents but it was no excuse for the 13 yr old to aim it at his brother

  2. Alaina Duval

    Doesn't this boy know your not supposed to aim it at people and I think they should at least have a parent with them at all times when managing a gun of any type and I think ten is way to young for any body to be practicing with guns! I do feel for the parents but it was no excuse for the 13 yr old to aim it at his brother

  3. Kevin Shutt

    I coached a BB-gun team for 15 years. We taught our kids, 8-15 that you NEVER point a LOADED GUN AT ANYTHING EXCEPT A TARGET. Since you can never know 100% whether a gun is loaded NEVER point at anything except a target, PERIOD. I grieve for the young man who has to live his life knowing he killed his brother.

  4. Tana Scalese

    That is so sad, I feel bad for his brother too. He will n.
    ener be the same.

  5. Kristy Lamey Crow

    I understand some of what u said maybe he shouldn't have aimed it at his brother but really it is not the time too make stupid comments that little boy is probably dying inside

  6. Becky Baker-Christner

    It says the boy died because of the BB gun. The BB gun did not fire itself. The boys should have not been unsupervised with that type of BB/pellet gun. From what I understood after watching the gun safety video, this particular gun was as powerful as a conventional gun or almost equivalent. I feel for the family but when will people learn?

  7. Sean Patrick Foley

    Yes tgey should play with them.

    SUPERVISED.

    and dial back the FPS. You don't a BB gun that can

  8. Catherine Millett Michela

    I think PLAY is the operative word here. You don't PLAY with BB guns or real guns.You most especially don't point a gun at a person and they should have been taught that and supervised as well.
    It's not the guns fault, it's the handeler of said gun.

  9. Kevin P. Smith

    Extremely sad, but this is what society has come to. In this case, the babysitter was a bb gun, and not a TV. SUPERVISE YOUR KIDS!! When will people learn? THEY AREN'T TOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Anna Rose Redlich

    where were the parents. Kids should never play with guns of any kind without a parent or guardian with them. I say its the parents fault.

  11. Ron Roppo

    It'a always sad to hear of such things. Kids clowning around will never stop its up to the parents to really ex plane this to there kids. Not just go over it like a brief run by No sit them down and ex plane to them how harmful this could be not only to the bird you shoot at but a eye you can put out.as you can see it is deadly.

  12. Ron Roppo

    The brother must be devastated this child has to be counseled soon before he takes his own life out of guilt be careful.I'm sure the community is on this if nor waste no time

  13. Joseph Fitzpatrick

    Our society used to have children go out hunting by themselves or with a dog for a couple days at a time when they were these boys age. It is lack of instilling responsibility not the guns fault.

  14. Christopher Rife

    Parents while loving don't plan ahead. I bet the mom thought oh well its just a BB gun what could happen? Some air rifles are just as powerful as a .22 rifle, they're serious and can kill… its sad this family has to deal with this but it could have been easily prevented. Plus to point a gun like that at your brother at that age… it shows me that something is up with the parenting.

  15. Jennifer Dowd

    I honestly don't think he meant to kill his little brother. He probably didn't understand the danger, maybe was never taught the damage it could cause. Many people think a BB or plastic pellet is far less dangerous. Yes this is tragedy that will forever change the lives of this family. Ignorant comments will not help!

  16. Debora A. Carver Ellsworth

    Why give a kid a gun? This is not the 1800's. I say get rid of all guns. We don't need them.

  17. Chris Rose

    It was no accident. The older brother did it on purpose and now his brother is dead. Wonxder if he is laughing now?

  18. Chris Rose

    The older brother is 13 years old. He is not a little boy. His brother was a little boy.

  19. Laura Luster

    We grew up around guns, bows, hatchets, axes, big fat machete lookin' knives, baseball bats, mallets, sledge hammers, and the biggest injury I ever got growing up was falling off a horse. I am the only one out of four that got injured also. Pretty not so bad, eh? Considering I do more damage to myself walking down the hallway…..