FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) – Investigators with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said a 13-year-old boy is in critical condition Thursday, June 12, after he was accidentally shot in the head with a air-powered BB rifle Wednesday, June 11.
Family members tell FOX10 the victim is Caleb Thomas of Foley.
BCSO investigators said Caleb’s 11-year-old younger brother is the person who accidentally shot him, while under parental supervision at their home in Foley.
Caleb’s mother, Keisha Weeks, told FOX10 a pellet ricocheted when the boys were shooting at birds, and hit Caleb in the eye and went through his brain.
Caleb was then taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola where he remains in critical condition, according to officials.
Weeks told FOX10 about her son’s condition.
“Right now, his brain is still bleeding, and there is a lot of air in there, so they’ve got him sedated, but he’s not responsive, he will barely open his eyes, and he’s not speaking at all,” said Weeks, “and Saturday they are going to try to bring the sedation down, and hope that we’ll get some type of response from him so that the doctors will know what type of issues they’re really looking at.”
Weeks said Caleb is a bright student and football player at Foley Middle School.
Caleb’s family has set up a donation account through Centennial Bank, which used to be Vision Bank. The account name is under Caleb Thomas, if you’d like to help pay Caleb’s medical bills.
BCSO officials are still investigating the case to see if there was any intent to harm, but at this time the incident is being ruled as an accident.