Abington boy recovering after getting shot in the face

ABINGTON, MASS. (WHDH) - An 11-year-old boy is recovering after the Plymouth County District Attorney said he was accidentally shot in the face by another boy in Abington.

Police responded to a home on Linwood Street in Abington, where they found the child with a gunshot wound to the face. Plymouth County DA Timothy Cruz said the two boys got their hands on the gun and the gun went off.

“I saw the kid in the ambulance and he was just covered in blood on his face,” said neighbor Beverly McAuliffe. “It’s sad. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. I’m very upset over it.”

Cruz said the shooting appears to be accidental. He said the handgun is legal but would not say who it belongs to. It is unknown if any adults were at home when the gun went off.

The boy was airlifted to a hospital in Boston, where he is in stable condition. His name has not been released but he is a student at Woodsdale Elementary School.

Abington School Superintendent Peter Schafer released a statement Wednesday:

Tonight’s news of a Woodsdale student suffering a gunshot wound in their neighborhood after school is heartbreaking and sad. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

The Abington Public Schools will be providing counseling services to students in need. We are also available to families wanting more information about how to talk to their children regarding this tragic event.

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