Father was ‘accidentally shot by son’

Pilgrim Hospital
Pilgrim Hospital

A father was taken to Pilgrim Hospital suffering from a shotgun wound to the chest that is believed to have been inflicted accidentally by his son.

The 50-year-old victim was taken into the hospital on Thursday at about 8pm, prompting a police investigation into the circumstances surrounding his injury.

A 28-year-old – understood by The Standard to be the man’s son – was arrested and later released on police bail while inquiries continue.

Police said they believe the .410 shotgun was fired by accident at a home in Old Leake Commonside but said they are investigating the origin of the weapon and whether it was legally owned and licensed.

The injured man underwent emergency surgery and has been moved out of intensive care and onto a ward.

A police spokesman said he is expected to make a ‘good recovery’.

The police presence at the hospital on Thursday night originally led to rumours on social networking websites that the shotgun incident had taken place at the Pilgrim.

Anyone with information about these events is urged to contact DS Karl Whiffen at Boston CID by dialling 101.