8-Year-Old Shooting Chipmunks Accidentally Strikes Uncle

8-Year-Old Shooting Chipmunks Accidentally Strikes Uncle
File photo of a man hunting a pheasant. (Gaizka Iroz/AFP via Getty Images)

MILTON, N.H.—A 32-year-old man was accidentally shot in the head in New Hampshire after the bullet fired by his 8-year-old nephew ricocheted while they were shooting chipmunks, police said.

The man was injured Friday in Milton and is expected to recover, Fosters Daily Democrat reports.

Police said a bullet shot by the 8-year-old ricocheted after killing a chipmunk and hit the man in the head.

Milton Police Chief Richard Krauss called it “truly just a freak accident.”

“It’s not against the law for anyone to teach a child how to shoot and take them hunting, even at 8 years old,” Krauss said. “There are kids who learn how to hunt and shoot a lot younger than that,” he said.

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