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Man this is real unfortunate. I was with a buddy when he got a text message from someone who was there.


WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A young boy was shot Sunday afternoon at the Westfield Sportsman's Club.

22News reporter Shane Symolon has learned the victim, an 8-year-old boy, was shot by an Uzi. The boy was actually handling the fully automatic firearm when he was critically hurt.

The buy suffered a gunshot wound to his head and was rushed to Baystate Medical Center. His condition is not known at this time.

The incident took place during the Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo that was going on this weekend at the Westfield Sportsman's Club.

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Hmmm, I would have to question why anyone would let any 8 year old child handle a fully automatic firearm, loaded or not.... Even though this was an accident, someone needs to be held responsible....
 

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That is poor judgement on the part of the person who let him shoot it. Not only is it a full-auto, but it has a really short barrel.

My bet is that when the kid pulled the trigger, the recoil rotated the gun around till it was pointing at his head because he wasn't able to control it. Either that or he dropped it.
 

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That is poor judgement on the part of the person who let him shoot it. Not only is it a full-auto, but it has a really short barrel.

My bet is that when the kid pulled the trigger, the recoil rotated the gun around till it was pointing at his head because he wasn't able to control it. Either that or he dropped it.
I was thinking the same thing as your first scenario.
 

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^ sounds possible either way...poor choice by the gun owner and UZI's suck anyway IMHO
 

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... and UZI's suck anyway IMHO
I agree. I saw an a full-auto Uzi shoot once and the things were always jamming. When the guys got done with the course, they would go to the bench, take out a file and start filing something away. I'll pass on them if that's what I'd have to do to keep it working.
 

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Yea there is a guy that comes into my local gun shop that is always bragging about his full auto with a can...I can't help but laugh at him :roll:
 

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Heres more details, it was as we speculated

"WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while firing an Uzi submachine gun under adult supervision at a gun fair.
The boy lost control of the weapon while firing it Sunday at the Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo at the Westfield Sportsman's Club, Police Lt. Lawrence Valliere said.

The boy was with a certified instructor and "was shooting the weapon down range when the force of the weapon made it travel up and back toward his head, where he suffered the injury," a police statement said. Police called it a "self-inflicted accidental shooting."

The victim was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where he died. His name was not released.

Although the death appears to be an accident, police and the Hampden district attorney's office were investigating, officials said."
 

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Another update:

DA: Criminal charges possible in boy's Uzi death

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By RODRIQUE NGOWI

Associated Press Writer

BOSTON (AP) - A prosecutor said Tuesday he is investigating whether criminal charges should be filed after an 8-year-old boy accidentally killed himself while firing an Uzi submachine gun at a gun fair in western Massachusetts.

Christopher Bizilj (Bah-SEAL) of Ashford, Conn., shot himself in the head when he lost control of the 9mm micro submachine gun as it recoiled while he was firing at a pumpkin. Police have said the shooting at the Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo at the Westfield Sportsman's Club on Sunday was an accident.

Hampden County District Attorney William Bennett said he is investigating whether the gun fair violated the state's firearms law by allowing the boy to fire the machine gun, and also whether it was ``a reckless or wanton act to allow an 8-year-old to use a fully loaded automatic weapon.''

``At this point in the investigation I have found no lawful authority which allows an 8-year-old to possess or fire a machine gun,'' Bennett said in a statement.

Daniel Vice, senior attorney with the Washington-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said his interpretation is that Massachusetts law specifically prohibits ``furnishing a machine gun to any person under 18.''

``It is unconscionable that the gun fair allowed and encouraged young children to fire machine guns,'' he said in a statement.

On Monday, Westfield police Lt. Hipolito Nunez said it is legal in Massachusetts for children to fire a weapon if they have permission from a parent or legal guardian and they are supervised by a properly certified and licensed instructor.

The section of the statute that mentions that exception, however, only lists rifles, shotguns and ammunition - and is silent on the use of machine guns.

Bennett did not return calls Tuesday seeking additional comment.

The boy was attending the gun fair with his father and brother Colin, a sixth-grader. His father, Charles Bizilj, said Christopher had experience firing handguns and rifles, but Sunday was his first time firing an automatic weapon. A certified instructor was with the boy at the time.

On Monday, Bizilj told The Boston Globe he was about 10 feet behind his son and reaching for his camera when the weapon fired. He said his family avoided larger weapons, but he let his son try the Uzi because it's a small weapon with little recoil. The family did not return messages for comment Tuesday.

Francis Mitchell, a trustee and longtime member and shooting range officer for the sportsman's club, declined comment Tuesday, saying he was unaware that a criminal investigation was under way.

Officials at C.O.P. Firearms & Training, which co-sponsored the event, did not immediately return a message left after business hours.

State and local police criminal investigators - assisted by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - have already interviewed witnesses and are securing records and licenses relating to the shooting. They also have obtained a video recording which may be relevant, Bennett said.
 
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