13-year-old child dies after grandfather’s shotgun is “accidentally fired” in Ponte da Barca


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A 13-year-old child died today in Ponte da Barca, in the district of Viana do Castelo, after an “accidental shooting” with his grandfather’s shotgun, several Civil Protection sources announced.

Without specifying details, a source from the Alto Minho Sub-Regional Emergency and Civil Protection Command confirmed to Lusa that the incident involved a “melee weapon”.

The Viana do Castelo GNR described the weapon as a lead shotgun, which “cannot be considered a firearm, but rather recreational, as it resembles air pressure”.

In the family home, located in S. Martinho de Castro, in the municipality of Ponte da Barca, there was a second child, aged 15, who was not injured.

The “accidental shot” hit the 13-year-old girl in the mouth.

The Judicial Police are investigating.

The incident was reported at 11:40.

A team of psychologists was called to the scene to support the family, who live in France and are in Portugal on vacation.

In addition to the GNR and PJ, the Ponte da Barca Fire Brigade was called to the scene.

The victim was rescued by the Arcos de Valdevez Immediate Life Support Ambulance (SIV) and the Alto Minho Emergency and Resuscitation Medical Vehicle (VMER).

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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