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CHILD FIGHTS FOR LIFE\ 10-YEAR OLD INJURED WHILE PLAYING WITH GUN
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CHILD FIGHTS FOR LIFE\ 10-YEAR OLD INJURED WHILE PLAYING WITH GUN

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For the second time in as many weeks, a Piedmont youngster has been shot while playing with a gun with a friend.

Ten-year-old Calvin Eugene Thompson of Route 8, Reidsville, was fighting for his life Saturday night at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. He was shot in the chest with a .22-caliber rifle Saturday morning at his home, a Rockingham County sheriff's department spokesman said.Two other children were at Thompson's house at the time of the shooting. One of those children got the rifle from a gun rack inside the home, the spokesman said.

Thompson was listed in critical condition at Moses Cone Hospital Saturday night. A family friend at the hospital, who asked not to be identified, said Thompson was playing with a boy from school who had spent Friday night with him. The friend said the shooting occured in the front yard of the residence and that it was an accident. No charges have been filed in connection with the shooting.

Thompson's parents declined to comment Saturday.

Two weeks ago, a similar incident left a 13-year-old High Point boy dead. On Sept. 30, 12-year-old Ian Hill of High Point discovered a .38-caliber revolver in his father's desk drawer. While showing it to a classmate, the gun discharged, killing Dustin Shane Efird, 13. No charges were filed in that incident.

On Sept. 28, 15-year-old Ailene ``Koda' Smith of Greensboro was killed by a shotgun blast. Her 16-year-old boyfriend - who told authorities that the gun accidentally discharged - was charged with murder.

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