In yet another case of “what is this world coming to?,” a young boy recently held up another boy’s lemonade stand with a BB gun.
According to Huffington Post, Sgt. Patrick Goggin said the older boy approached the stand with what appeared to be a small handgun, pointed it at the younger boy, and threatened him the money box. The boys began to wrestle, and when the fighting was over, the 12-year-old ran away with $30.
Three other children chased him home and were able to help police track him down. It was discovered later that the boy only possessed a BB gun, but if you ever grew up with one of those “toys,” you really could shoot your eye out with that thing!
According to the CDC, approximately 30,000 people with BB and pellet gun-related injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments each year, and about 81% are children and teens below the age of 19. Some of the more serious injuries, other than gunshot wounds themselves, have been penetrating injuries to the eyes, injuries to the trachea when shot in the neck, and a midbrain injury sustained to a shot to the mouth.
Even though BB guns carry only blunted pellets, the force behind the shot is real and strong. A shot at a distance would do less damage than a shot point-blank, and from the sound of it, one shot from the 12-year-old while they were wrestling could have some serious damage to either the 10-year-old or himself.
The boy will be charged in juvenile court.