Child kills uncle, injures father after accidentally firing rifle

By Kuan-lin Liu ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A 12-year-old boy killed his uncle and injured his father after accidentally firing a hunting rifle late on Saturday.

The sixth grader, surnamed Pan (潘), was reportedly handling the rifle at home with his 20-year-old uncle, surnamed Feng (酆), when the weapon discharged and hit the uncle in the right pectoral.

The bullet shot through Feng and fired into a separate room of the house, hitting Pan’s father in the back.

Both Pan’s father and Feng were rushed to the hospital. Feng died from blood loss after the doctors’ attempts to stabilize him failed.

Pan’s father sustained an injury to the left side of his back, but reports indicated that the bullet had been retrieved and the father was not in a critical condition.

According to Feng’s 53-year-old father, who was also present at the scene of the accident, he and Feng had gathered at Pan’s house before going hunting in the mountainous Nanzhuang Township in Miaoli County.

This accident has once again opended debate regarding gun ownership among aboriginal communities.

The government grants aborigines the right to own home-made rifles. However, such weapons are prone to accidental discharge, and there have been several reported cases of accidental injury and death within recent years.