Two South Carolina children shot while family member was target practicing, deputies say

Deputies said the children, a boy and a girl, were under the age of 10.


Two children are in critical condition after they were shot while a family member was conducting target practice in Greenville, South Carolina, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to a home around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

They said they learned two children — a boy and a girl — were taken to the hospital after each being shot at least once.

Deputies said the children were under the age of 10.

On Monday, deputies said they learned the two children were hit by one gunshot while an adult family member was conducting target practice on their property.

"It appears that some adults had been outside doing some target practice," Lt. Ryan Flood said. "The children were playing nearby. One of the adults was handling a firearm whenever it went off and that one round struck both children."

The two children remain in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in critical condition, deputies said.

"It’s an accident. Any time you’re handling guns, we always stress for people to be as careful and safe as they possibly can," Flood said. "This is an accident. Just a tragic, heartbreaking accident that unfortunately left these children in the condition they’re in now. Our prayers are to the family."

Deputies said no charges have been filed but the investigation is ongoing.