51-year-old Allen V. of Moline, Illinois bought a .22-caliber rifle for his ten year old son, after he showed an interest in firearms. Allen was trying to show the boy how the rifle worked, but didn't realize the gun was still loaded. Allen told local television news, "I started swinging the gun around, and I didn't realize there was still one round in it, the darn thing, went off. The bullet went underneath the skin near his eye, and followed the scalp, and came out behind the ear."
Fortunately, the boy was not seriously hurt. After getting stitches to close the wound he went back home to his mother, who is divorced from Allen.