(WICHITA, Kan.) — A Wichita boy is in protective custody after shooting himself with a BB gun. The shooting happened Wednesday November 28th in the 1700 block of north Minneapolis.
Some neighbors say that it's all a big misunderstanding.
"I guess they were playing around, they were hiding in the closet and Zeke, that's the dude that had the BB gun and he shot it, trying to shoot at the wall," says Tiane Hoy, a neighbor.
The 12-year-old boy accidently shot himself in the head with the BB gun after it ricocheted off the wall.
Police say the boy's father tried to take the BB out with a utility knife but he couldn't get to it.
Family members turned to Hoy, who is a Certified Nurse's Assistant.
"They knocked on my door and asked me to help but I wasn't about to put a slit in his head to get it out," says Hoy
She urged them to go to the hospital where the boy was treated for his injuries. A day had passed by the time they went. The boy was released from the hospital and then taken into protective custody.
Now police are investigating and want to know why the boy's father didn't take him to the hospital immediately or call the police.
Some neighbor's say they sympathize with the father and don't think he meant any harm.
"Sometimes people do stupid things thinking a BB gun ain't really a gun and someone like me, I would've thought, it's not really a gun and I just would've man..." says neighbor Yalonda Fitzpatrick, shaking her head.
"Kids will be kids as far as that goes and they probably didn't think that it was that severe, I don't think they should've went that far, to take the child into protective custody," says Hoy.
But the boy will remain in protective custody as police investigate what happened in that home.