Boy injured in handgun accident

KINGSBURY – A 12-year-old boy was sent to the hospital after receiving minor injuries from a handgun.

At about 11 a.m. Thursday, Indiana Conservation Officers were dispatched to Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area shooting range for a report of a 12-year-old boy being injured while firing a handgun.


Upon arrival, Indiana Conservation Officer Corporal Guy Wendorf learned the juvenile, who was with his father, was firing a handgun using reloaded ammunition at the time of the incident.

While firing, one of the rounds exploded inside the gun, damaging the firearm and causing minor cuts and bruises to the shooter.

As a precaution, the juvenile’s father took him to IU Health La Porte Hospital where he was treated and released with no serious injuries found.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, reloading ammunition is a common practice. The exact cause of the malfunction is still under investigation.