Virginia Boy Shot In Head After Someone Fired Gun In The Air

A 7-year-old boy was seriously wounded Thursday at a Fourth of July celebration in Virginia after someone evidently fired a gun in the air.

Police said that the boy was walking with his father near Swift Creek Reservoir in Chesterfield County, Va., where spectators had gathered for a fireworks display, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The boy suddenly fell to the ground and began bleeding from the top of his head, an accident that police said was “a result of someone shooting randomly into the air, likely from a distance, and not an intentional act.”

The boy is being treated at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va. and was “in extremely grave condition” on Friday morning, the Times-Dispatch reported.

Update: The boy died Friday morning at VCU Medical Center, according to a local media report.

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