12-year-old accidentally shot

Allison B. Hudson

A twelve year old boy was accidentally shot by a 4 year old who was handling a loaded .22 rifle he found in a closet.

According to Chief Deputy Tony Bacala, the incident occurred at about 6 p.m.  on Sunday at a residence on Fontenot Road in St. Amant where both of the children were visiting.  According to the adults at the house, the twelve year old was playing a video game when he was shot.

The twelve year old was shot in the lower back and was taken to an area hospital for surgery.  According to Bacala, family members have indicated that they expect the boy to make a full recovery.