BILLINGS, Montana – An 8-year-old boy has been accused of shooting his 5-year-old friend and then leaving the boy to die.
The two boys were at a High Sierra dog park with their parents and had been given permission to go to a nearby wooded area to play. A short time later two girls, ages 12 and 13, were riding their bikes in the area and found the 5-year-old lying on a dirt path. He had been shot.
Covered in blood and drifting in and out of consciousness, one of the girls stayed with the boy while the other went to get her dad. Not long after the other girl had gone, John Crawford found the boy and girl while jogging through the area and called 911.
“I just saw a boy who was covered in blood and moaning, and a girl who looked up at me bawling,” Crawford told the Billings Gazette. “I didn’t know what to think. I just tried to keep the boy calm.”
The boy was rushed to the hospital and as of Friday, was listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery. Sgt. Matt Brewer stated the boy had been shot in the abdomen an estimated 15 minutes before he was found by the two girls.
Police would find a small caliber handgun at the scene. They would also find the 8-year-old boy at his home later that night. He and one of his parents were taken to the police station to be interviewed. No word yet on the circumstances surrounding the shooting, or how the boys got their hands on a gun.Tags: Crime, dog park, gun, Juvenile, Montana, Shooting