8-year-old Boy recovering from accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound

District Attorney General Russell Johnson provided a press release on the condition of an 8-year-old boy from Morgan County that accidentally shot himself on Friday.

At approximately 7:17 pm on Friday, Morgan County Sheriff Wayne Potter was informed that an 8-year-old boy had been shot and wounded at a residence on Ray Cross Road in Morgan County.  Morgan County Sheriff’s deputies, EMS and Sheriff Potter all responded to the scene.  The boy was taken by LifeStar to UT Medical Center and the parents followed in a vehicle being driven by relatives.

The mother, who was at home at the time along with the gunshot victim and the victim’s sibling, stated that she and one child were in the living room when she heard a ‘pop’.  She went into the kitchen and discovered her son had been shot with what turned out to be a 9 mm handgun.  According to the statement of the mother and the statement of the father, who was at work at the time, it is believed that the father placed or keeps the loaded handgun in a holster on top of the refrigerator in the kitchen.  The mother stated that the victim evidently used a chair, as he sometime does, to climb up on the countertops in the kitchen.  This time he apparently reached on top of the refrigerator to get the gun and somehow shot himself one time in the upper chest area.

The mother called 911 at 7:11 pm.  Morgan County EMS arrived and rendered immediate medical aid and the victim was flown to UT Medical Center.  According to Sheriff Potter, the boy was later transferred to Children’s Hospital and released on Saturday. The gunshot went entirely through the child’s body without hitting vital organs but did fracture his shoulder.  Otherwise, the child is doing well. 

Sheriff Potter also reported that DCS has been to the house several times regarding this boy and that DCS was immediately notified by the Morgan County Sheriff after he arrived on scene at the direction of District Attorney General Russell Johnson.

This is the second shooting of a child with a loaded handgun being kept in the home in General Johnson’s four county district in the last week.  Fortunately, this one did not result in death.  Last Sunday a four-year-old girl was shot and killed in Rockwood (Roane County) by the girlfriend of the girl’s custodian.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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