The mother of a 13-year-old Parker County boy says she forgives the 12-year-old boy who accidentally shot her son in the stomach in a small town near Eagle Mountain Lake on Tuesday.
The shooting happened at a house on County Road 4764, north of Azle. Wise County Sheriff’s investigators say shortly after 1 p.m., four kids at the house saw a snake outside.
There were no adults at the house, and the victim, named Carl Davis, and the 12-year-old went inside to get a .22 caliber rifle.
As the 12-year-old was getting the rifle out of a case, the weapon hit a wall and discharged, striking Davis, who is from Springtown.
Afterward, a relative took him to a convenience store about three miles away, which is when a cook there found herself having to make some quick decisions to save the teen’s life.
Tammie Shemberger, a cook at the Short Stop convenience store, says she immediately called 911 when the bleeding boy was brought into the store.With towels, she followed the 911 operator’s instructions.
"They told me to compress the front and the back, ‘cause the bullet went all the way through the little boy's stomach,” said Shemberger.
Davis was taken to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, where he is recovering after undergoing emergency surgery. He is expected to remain in the hospital for about a week.
For Davis’ mom, Tammy, the focus isn’t on details of the shooting or finger pointing. All that matters is that her son is alive.
“I really don't think the dad knew the gun was loaded,” said Tammy. “They had one out to shoot a snake a few days before, and he just thought that he could go out and shoot the snake.” Tammy says the 12-year-old friend of Davis feels guilty about the shooting.
“The little boy thinking he might have killed his best friend, that's hard,” she said. Tammy says the first thing her son said when he got out of surgery was, "Please don't file charges.”
Tammy has not made a decision on taking legal action.
As Carl recovers in the hospital, playing Xbox, Tammy says that guns are no game.
“Don't keep them loaded and don't have ammunition where kids can get ahold of them,” said Tammy. “It can happen to anybody.”
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