After a New Year’s Day shooting incident and nine days at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, 14-year-old Braxton Kyle of Peabody was released Jan. 10, and is recuperating at home.
A bullet struck Kyle in his left arm and both legs. A small piece of shrapnel penetrated his abdomen and he had surgery to clean and close the wound shortly after arriving at the hospital Jan. 1.
On Monday, after an appointment with the surgeon, Kyle’s father, Bob Kyle, said his son will return for additional evaluation in about two weeks.
“We’re hoping he can begin taking part in some of his regular activities as the wounds heal and he gets stronger,” Bob Kyle said. “He still needs to take it easy until completely released by the doctors.”
Marion County sheriff’s officers responded to a call of a possible shooting at about 4:40 p.m. Jan. 1 at 731 N. Newell Road, just north of Peabody.
The victim, Kyle, had been transported by private vehicle to the ambulance building on Sycamore Street in downtown Peabody.
Sheriff’s officers discovered that a 14-year-old male had been handling Ruger .204 rifle when it accidentally discharged, striking Kyle.
Craft said the investigation has been completed.