Pekin teen suffers life-threatening injury when shot by another boy

Pekin teen suffers life-threatening injury when shot by another boy
The incident happened inside this barn Tuesday afternoon. (Source: Katie Bauer/WAVE 3 News)
The incident happened inside this barn Tuesday afternoon. (Source: Katie Bauer/WAVE 3 News)
David Bagshaw (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)
David Bagshaw (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)
Sgt. Jerry Goodin (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)
Sgt. Jerry Goodin (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)
Darren Farris (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)
Darren Farris (Source: Dale Mader, WAVE 3 News)

PEKIN, IN (WAVE) - A 16-year-old is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after he was shot by another teen while the two were working on a farm. Indiana State Police believe this was an accident.

The shooting happened near Pekin on Honey Run Road. Levi Bird, 16, and two other teens were working in a barn when police say one of them found a gun, picked it up and pulled the trigger. 

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David Bagshaw, whose family owns the farm outside of Pekin, said three teen boys were working on the property Tuesday afternoon. What happened next is something he's still trying to figure out.

"I was in the house dry walling and they were over there taking care of the chickens and one came running over saying one had shot the other one accidentally," Bagshaw said.

Bagshaw said he quickly got Levi into his truck and drove him to get help.

"He was conscious, talking saying he was in a lot of pain and I took him to Salem Hospital," Bagshaw said.

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Levi was then flown to Louisville for surgery. Indiana State Police were called to the scene to investigate and talked to the 16-year-old who fired the gun.

"We think probably what happened is, he picked up a gun, he fired a trigger and unfortunately he did strike the other juvenile," Sgt. Jerry Goodin of the ISP Sellersburg post said. "However in Indiana, you cannot recklessly point a firearm at anyone."

Bagshaw said it was his gun that was used.

"It was a 22 long rifle," Bagshaw said. "I just had it over in the barn, kept it there for varmints and things like that."

Bagshaw said he knows exactly how he left the gun and where the bullets were.

"They were in the magazine which was in the gun, but there wasn't one in the chamber," Bagshaw said.

"We do not think there was any malicious intent," Goodin said.

Inside Eastern High School, as soon as classmates heard what happened, they started working on a card with well wishes.

"We're here for each other and the students do a really good job of supporting each other," said Darin Farris, the principal of Eastern High School.

Farris said he's been in touch with the sophomore's parents.

"I think the doctors are pretty optimistic about recovery and the future," Farris said.

Levi's father told WAVE 3 News that his son is in stable condition with more surgery planned for Thursday. He is asking for prayers for his son who he says is a good kid.

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