Sheriff says boy wounded at orchard is in stable condition

A northeast Iowa sheriff says an 8-year-old boy is in stable condition as he recovers from a gunshot wound suffered while visiting an apple orchard with his parents.

Chickasaw County Sheriff Martin Hemann (HEE’-muhn) says the bullet was fired at a Nashua Fish and Game Club range, which sits about three-eighths of a mile (600 meters) from the Apples on the Avenue orchard. The pick-your-own-apples operation lies about 1½ miles (2.5 kilometers) south of Nashua.

Hemann told the Charles City Press on Tuesday that Sunday’s incident is not being investigated “as a criminal act.” He called the boy’s wounding a “freak accident” with a stray round.

Investigators have identified the person who fired the shot. That person’s name and those of the boy and his parents have not been released.


Information from: Charles City Press,