FINLEY, Wash. -- What to do with land often used for target practice? There are some questions after a boy was accidentally shot this weekend. The Benton County Sheriff's Office thinks the bullet came from land owned by Kennewick General Hospital.
For years gun owners have been using land off Hover Road in Finley as target practice. Bullet casings and spent shells litter the entire area and it tells you how popular it is for anyone to fire a few rounds. But after a seven year old was accidentally shot, even though it was a thousand yards away, KGH is at least considering restricting their property and forbidding trespassing. They haven't made a decision yet, but the Sheriff's Office says they'll be enforcing the law.
"we will enforce criminal violations if someone was shooting in a reckless manner or up here drinking and shooting," said Captain Steve Keane. "We would enforce that if they decided to permit shooters from coming up here all together then we would enforce the no trespassing laws."
On Saturday, a boy was shot in the leg from a stray bullet, but he is doing okay. The hospital says they plan on meeting with their legal team before making a decision; one they hope to have by the end of next week.