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BB lodged in boy's head after shooting

Posted April 22, 2010

— Eight-year-old Devin Hogan loves to play sports – soccer with his dog is always a good bet.

"He likes to play with the ball, and I do too," Devin says.

But his sport of choice, football, requires a lot more pads.

BB lodged in boy's head after shooting BB lodged in boy's head after shooting

Doctors, however, want Devin to stick with activities that don't require much physical exertion.

The reason – a BB remains lodged in his head after he was shot April 1.

Leon Hogan Jr. says his son was playing with some other children when they got into an argument and a 9-year-old boy shot him with the gun belonging to a 10-year-old.

"This just ain't right. He's at home – what we call a safe zone," Hogan said. "Some kid out of another neighborhood comes and takes it all away."

The Granville County Sheriff's Office has filed juvenile petitions against the two boys, but detective Bryant Strother said no charges have been filed against the parents. Based on a review of state law, he doesn't expect any to be filed.

State statute prohibits any child under 12 from physically holding a dangerous firearm without parental supervision.

BB guns, as well as air rifles and air pistols, are considered dangerous firearms in only 17 counties, however, and Granville County isn’t one of them.

Hogan believes they should be considered dangerous firearms statewide.

The parents of the boy who authorities say shot Devin could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The mother of the boy who authorities say brought the gun says she apologized for what happened and called it a "freak accident."

She said her son used the BB gun in their back yard but had never before taken it off her property.

As for Devin, doctors tell Hogan that surgery to remove the BB is not an option right now.

"It’s too dangerous," he said. "It could cause too many problems down the road. He could have seizures."

Hogan says it's still unclear how the BB will affect his son's future, and more immediately, whether he will be able to play football again.

"He may not play (football) again, and that's not right," he said.


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  • theroadislong Apr 23, 2010

    A 9 year old boy who shoots another child after an argument should be held responsible for his actions. To let this go unpunished, he's going to grow up to be a "man" who shoots a real gun when he gets mad at someone. Common sense, people. Oy vey!

  • AtALost Apr 23, 2010

    It's not just about the parents. Some kids ignore warnings, directives, etc. no matter how many reminders, beatings, time outs or other punishment they receive. There should be an age limit of 16 or 18 so when they do ignore the "rules", they can be punished appropriately instead of all the excuses given for evil kids. Also, at that age, they may have some common sense and realize what NOT to do even if they don't have great parents guiding them.

  • wakeconative4ever Apr 23, 2010

    I hope the parents of the boy who was shot will file a civil suit against the other boys parents. Maybe after paying a huge sum of money those other parents can supervise their children in a better manner.

  • estrauch Apr 23, 2010

    This is very tragic that this has happened to this little boy.
    My question is.... Why aren't BB guns, air rifles and air pistols considered dangerous firearms statewide? It makes sense that this law should be in effect statewide and not just 17 counties. Does that mean that the other counties are slack and don't consider these firearms dangerous to children, much less to adults too. I'm all for the right to bare arms, but a gun is a gun regardless of the ammo loaded into it, thus making it a dangerous firearm if not used properly.

  • poeticallycorrect-InvNo1 Apr 23, 2010

    I had a childhood friend that was shot with a BBgun by her brother. It went in through the corner of her eye and is still lodged in there. You could see it and everything. Same brother "accidentally" shot her with a real gun and the bullet went through her cheek and through the roof of her mouth on the opposite side down into her neck. You could feel that one. Dr's said it was too dangerous to try and get it out. If a child is going to resort to this type of violence once they will do it again. simple as that.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 23, 2010

    I also remember being about 12 or 13 and plpaying with two brothers. We would have a BB war in the mountainside above his home. Two of us would be on the hillside and the third would be holed up in a horses stable below the hillside. No protection was in use at the time. I remember being behind a tree and taking one off of my bare knee. It hurts. So many things we did as kids could have turned soooo wrong.

  • veyor Apr 23, 2010

    Admittedly, I grew up in a totally different America. I got my first Daisy air rifle at 6, accompanied by detailed instruction from my dad on how to use it, and a real threat that if I shot anything I shouldn't, it was gone. On my tenth birthday, I got a double barreled .410 shotgun, and hunted by myself, with the same instructions. This story leaves so much out it is ridiculous. If the weapon was strong enough to put something in the boy's head, it probably was a pellet rather than a BB. As to the shooter and the owner of the weapon, I cannot begin to imagine what would be my state today after my dad would get a hold of me if I had done such a thing.

  • jon2four Apr 23, 2010

    Boys and BB guns. I remember shooting my 10 year old brother in the head when I was 11, only meant to scare him but hit him in the head instead. The BB fell out a few days later but my behind was sore for a long time and Mom took my BB gun.By the time this kid is 13 he will look back and laugh and eventually the BB will work its' way to the surface and can be removed.

  • deton8tor Apr 23, 2010

    having a BB gun at ten is not unusual I got mine when I was about that age and my first .22 rifle when I was 13. The problem here is simple the boys parents failed to teach him the responsibility of having the gun. It was not unusual for the boys in my neighborhood to carry a .22 to scare away gators from our swimming hole. we practically lived in the woods and swamps.

  • question_why Apr 22, 2010

    We haven't gotten the whole story and it is hard to pass any judgement based upon what information we have.

    How did a BB get into his brain ?
    I know my boy at this age would ask to be shot (oh, that didn't hurt, try this). What started this ?

    Just too many unknowns in this story.