As of press time Tuesday, the 4-year-old victim of an accidental shooting remained in a drug-induced coma at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., said New Albany Police Department investigator Chris Robertson. “We talked to the boy’s uncle Monday,” Robertson said. “He’s in stable condition and has made it through the first 72-hour period, which is the most critical time period for these types of victims. He still has a lot of swelling in his head and the doctors are waiting until that goes down before they can see the extent of the damage.” The young boy, Carson Stegal of Endville, was with his grandmother at the Glenfield Industrial Park at the time of the shooting, Robertson said. The 4-year-old allegedly shot himself in the head, Robertson said. “It happened around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon at Professional Foam,” Robertson said. “According to his grandmother, she was closing up the business and the boy went out to her vehicle to get a bag of chips. While he was there, he inadvertently opened a pistol case, pulled out the gun and accidentally shot himself in the head.” Robertson said that the gun in question was a .38 revolver that Stegal’s grandmother kept in her vehicle for protection. First-responders arrived quickly on the scene. Stegal was transported by helicopter to Le Bonheur.
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