On Saturday, January 28th, a 14 year-old boy was shot in the leg while riding all-terrain vehicles with his father in Buckeye. The incident occurred near Interstate 10 and Watson Road.
According to a spokesperson for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the boy complained of leg pain shortly after hearing gunshots fired in the area. Upon inspection, the boy’s father discovered the bullet wound. The boy was treated at a local hospital and released.
The Sheriff’s Office spokesperson reported that it was common for people to use that area to shoot guns and that a bullet may have ricocheted off an object before hitting the boy. The Sheriff’s Office does not know who is responsible for firing the gun.
Shooting guns is a dangerous activity, and people who engage in it have a responsibility to take the necessary precautions to avoid injuring anyone. This includes not firing your gun in the direction of other people. If it was foreseeable for the shooter to know that he/she was shooting in an area where other people were in his/her firing range, he/she could be required to pay for the boy’s medical bills. Motors in all-terrain vehicles usually make a significant amount of noise. The boy has a strong argument that the shooter likely knew that there were people riding in the area where he/she was shooting.
If you have been injured by another’s negligent actions, please contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at the personal injury law firm Oracle Law Group today.
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