Stray bullet hits 11-year-old boy skateboarding in Oceanside

An Oceanside resident who was cleaning his rifle accidentally fired a round that wounded a boy on a skateboard Saturday night.

The stray round hit the 11-year-old boy’s hand. He was airlifted to a hospital and is expected to recover.

The boy and two friends were riding skateboards near the pool of a large apartment complex on Vandergrift Boulevard south of North Redondo Drive when he felt a pain in his hand, said Lt. Dan Sullivan of the Oceanside Police Department.

Officers searched until they found a man who admitted firing the round about 7:50 p.m. He said he was cleaning his .223-caliber rifle and a round went off accidentally, Sullivan said.


There was a bullet hole through a side wall of the first-floor apartment facing the pool.

Police detained the gun owner for questioning. Sullivan said detectives would question the man and decide whether to book him into jail.

Repard writes for the San Diego Union Tribune


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