The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident in which a 12-year-old boy accidentally shot his father in the chest while firing at roosters on a farm in Thurmont, authorities said Thursday.
The boy and his father, a 48-year-old Frederick resident, were outside at the farm, where the boy was shooting a .22-caliber rifle, said Cpl. Jennifer Bailey, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.
“What they were shooting at were Bantam roosters, which were very aggressive on the property,” Bailey said.
The father was struck when one of the bullets ricocheted off a truck and hit him in the chest, she said.
The man was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he continues to be treated, she said.
Bailey, who would not release any additional information on the man’s condition on Thursday, said the sheriff’s office is not releasing the identities of the father or son because the incident involved a juvenile.
The accident took place on Tuesday, but was not reported to the sheriff’s office until Wednesday, she said.
While the investigation is still open, authorities expect no charges to be brought against the boy, according to Bailey.
“This is clearly a case of accidental shooting,” she said. “Clearly, there was no intent to shoot the father.”