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?