Child shot at Nashua apple orchard

Published: Oct. 8, 2017 at 10:53 PM CDT
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UPDATE: Apples on the Avenue reopened Tuesday for its normal business hours. The orchard is normally closed on Mondays.


Martin Hemann, the Sheriff, tells TV9 they are investigating an incident that happened around 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 8.

They say an 8-year-old was hit by a bullet. The family has asked for his information not to be released. Authorities are not aware of his condition.

"Who would expect to go to an apple orchard I guess, and enjoy family time, and get hit by a stray bullet. It's very tragic, we wish the family the best and everything. Hope he has a speedy recovery," Hemann said.

The sheriff says they are treating it as an isolated incident and are investigating where the bullet came from.

As part of the investigation, they are looking at a nearby shooting range, the Nashua Fish and Game Club. The gun range is less than a mile from the orchard with just a farm field separating the two.

Hemann said an investigation identified the weapon and authorities sent it and other evidence to a DCI lab in Ankeny. He said it could take weeks to months before the investigation is complete.

"We've Spoken with the people at the gun range, We've determined where the weapon came from and everything and we've sent it in for ballistics testing with the DCI and that's kind of where we're at, at this point," Hemann said.



The Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident at a Nashua apple orchard.

According to a Facebook post by Apples on the Avenue Sunday night, a child was seriously injured and has been taken to the hospital.

"We are praying for the family and invite everyone to do the same," the Facebook post said.

Stay with TV9 as the story progresses.

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