A 7-year-old boy was injured while practicing target shooting in Georgetown Saturday.
The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said the child was taken by air ambulance to a Sacramento hospital after suffering what may have been a ricochet shot to the chest. His condition was not known.
According to the sheriff's office, the boy and a 40-year old man were shooting at targets about 40 feet away on a homemade target range. The boy was using a single-shot .22 caliber bolt action youth rifle with the aid of this dad and the man was shooting a larger caliber rifle. The two were standing a few feet apart from each other and relatives were watching them from behind.
At some point, the boy grabbed his chest and said he hurt, the news release said. His father was with him and saw a small hole in the his son's t-shirt and blood. The boy was taken to the Georgetown fire station and from there to the hospital.
The witnesses said the rifles were always pointed down range and never at anyone. No one reported noticing a ricochet to deputies.
Detectives are investigating the incident.