A Queensland dad shared details of the afternoon his five-year-old son was accidentally shot in the face. UPDATE two men have been charged with firearm offences.
Robert Calvisi told The Courier Mail he drove with a ‘lead foot’ through a fierce storm to reach the nearest hospital as his son’s eyes rolled back and blood poured out of his mouth.
Cameron Calvisi, five, was hit by a bullet fired from a .22 rifle early this month.
He was shot by his 12-year-old cousin while the pair and another child were playing with the gun at the rural property, in what police have described as a ‘tragic accident’.
The youngster immediately ran for his father, yelling: ‘Daddy, I’ve been shot’.
Robert said he stuffed the child in his car, placing a shirt under him to absorb the blood that was running from his mouth and kept his son talking as he sped towards the closest hospital.
‘I’ve never driven so fast in my life, 156km/h I think I was doing all the way, in the rain,’ he said.
Cameron was one very lucky little boy. Robert believes his son will be discharged from hospital this week.
The youngster will need to wear a big metal brace, known as a ‘halo’, but his father says his son will ‘heal like a saint’.
Though police say the gunshot was likely an accident, they may still lay gun storage charges.
That poor little man. Terrifying experience for anybody!
UPDATE 20 February
TWO men have been charged after the 5-year-old boy was shot in the face at a property on Queensland’s southern downs last month.
A 29-year-old man has since been issued with a Notice to Appear and charged with one count of unlawful possession of a weapon.
A 63-year-old man has been issued with a Notice to Appear and charged with one count of failing to secure a weapon.
Both men are due to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on March 28.
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