Boy's words after he was shot by friend: 'Please don't file charges'

FORT WORTH -- Just one day after a bullet ripped through his belly, 13-year-old Carl Davis felt well enough to play video games in his hospital room Wednesday.

"It entered in the front and came out the back at an angle, so it got his small and large intestine," the boy's mother Tammy Davis told

She said doctors removed part of an intestine.

The mother said she wants more details on how her son was shot by his 12-year-old friend. Her son was staying at his friend's house near the Wise County town of Briar when the shooting occurred.

"I asked if he would tell me what happened," she said at the hospital. "He told me 'no.' He said it hurts to talk."

She said the boys went inside to get a .22 rifle to shoot a snake. There was no adult there.

"When the little boy pulled the gun out of the case, it fired and accidentally hit Carl," she said.

The mother said Carl was in surgery for about two hours at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.

"The first thing he said when he woke up and could talk to me is, 'Please don't file charges,'" she said. "I said, 'It was an accident, right?' He said, 'Yes, it was an accident.'"

Davis said her son then asked for prayers for the other boy, who's been calling constantly for updates. She said the other boy is badly shaken up.

The boy's mother has something else on her mind, too.

"Parents need to keep their guns put up," she said. "They need to not have them loaded. Accident or no accident, it wouldn't have happened if the guns were put up."

Davis said Carl is used to guns and loves to hunt. She might not know exactly what happened, but she knows her son was lucky to survive it.

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