From staff reports
A 12-year-old Marshall County boy suffered an accidental gunshot wound to his left leg Saturday afternoon after he and his father returned to their vehicle from a deer hunt, the sheriff said that evening.
Sheriff's Detective Tony Nichols was investigating the mishap in the Belfast area at about 4:15 p.m. when Samuel Crane, son of Shane Crane, was injured, Sheriff Norman Dalton said. The boy was taken by helicopter ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The helicopter ambulance touched down at the landing zone near the Belfast Lions Club, Dalton and another source said that afternoon. The boy was rushed to the landing zone by a Marshall County Emergency Medical Service ambulance crew from a site on the south side of Roy McCollum Road that's south of Finley Beech Road just west of the Bedford County line.
"This is the second accidental shooting within a week," Dalton said, asking the public to be safe. "Be careful especially since it's deer season."
The sheriff did not believe the wound was life-threatening.
"From what everybody knew," Nichols said, "the gun was unloaded. They'd gotten back to the truck, a Dodge Durango...
"It's an accident," the detective said. "A lot of people get shot by (what's believed to be) an unloaded gun."