Boy, 11, is shot dead by hunting rifle left pointing towards him on the back seat of family friend’s car when it drove over a bump in Russia
- Kirill Kovalenko, 11, was fatally shot by a hunting rifle in a car in Stavropol
- His father’s friend had unsafely stored the gun between the front seats of his car
- The child was blasted in the abdomen and had been in the direct line of fire
- Friend of Kirill’s father is under investigation for causing death by negligence
A Russian boy was killed when a loaded gun suddenly fired in a car as he accompanied his father to a partridge shoot.
Kirill Kovalenko, 11, was fatally shot in the car of a family friend by an improperly stored hunting rifle as they made their way to a partridge shoot at Kagalyk village in Stavropol region, Russia.
The hunting rifle had been lain between the front seats of his car with the barrel pointing backwards.
The schoolboy was in the back seat and the loaded gun shot ‘as the car went over a bump’, said reports.
Kirill Kovalenko, 11, is pictured in a family photo before he was tragically shot by an unsafely stored hunting rifle as his father’s friend drove him towards Kagalyk village in Stavropol region, Russia
Alexander Kovalenko, father of Kirill, is pictured posing with a haul of ducks in Russia in an undated photograph
Alexander is pictured with his son Kirill, who died in a tragic accident in Russia, in an undated photo
He was in the direct line of fire and suffered serious abdominal injuries.
‘When the men turned around, they noticed that the boy had been shot in the stomach,’ said one report.
‘When the car jolted on a bump the gun fired.
‘The desperate men rushed to hospital and the boy was still alive, but doctors could not save his life. ‘
Alexander Kovalenko (left) is pictured with his wife and Kirill’s mother, Zhanna Kovalenko, in an undated photograph taken in Russia
Kirill is pictured with his mother Zhanna in an undated photograph. According to his mother, Kirill was keen on sports and good at school
Alexander is pictured posing with a haul of dead ducks in the Stavropol region of Russia. Alexander’s friend, whose rifle it was, is now under investigation for causing death by negligence
The father Alexander Kovalenko’s unnamed friend is under investigation by police in the Stavropol region for causing death by negligence.
Telegram crime news channel Plohie Novosti disclosed a distressing law enforcement picture with the boy’s horrific injuries.
The father and his friend were described as keen hunters.
The boy – whose mother Zhanna, 30, was not going to the partridge shoot at Kagalyk village in Stavropol region – was described as keen on sport and good at school.