Boy with local ties shot in Liberty County by mistake; prayer vigil scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Published 2:29 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A teenager with Nederland ties was shot Monday afternoon by mistake by his twin brother.

A prayer vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight at Bulldog Stadium in Nederland.

According to Capt. Ken DeFoor with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, two 14-year-old twin boys were playing near a ditch near County Road 2341 near Dayton when they saw a snake. Both boys ran to get .22 rifles.

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“They ran back to the ditch and the boy who was shot was near the culvert and the other boy who shot him was standing a few feet from the culvert and as he started to shoot the snake, the other boy knelt down and that put him in the line of fire,” DeFoor said.

The captain said the boy was shot an inch above his right ear.

He said deputies got a call at 3:45 p.m. and the victim was not responsive at the scene. The boy was taken to Herman Hospital and taken to emergency surgery. On Tuesday afternoon, DeFoor said he didn’t know the boy’s condition, but he understood the boy to be in recovery.

DeFoor said he could not say for sure whether the boys were living full time with grandparents in Liberty County, which is northwest of Jefferson County, or whether he was just visiting his family.

Bulldog Stadium is located at 205 N 21st St.