Boy shot by horse-drawn carriage driver at Grand Canyon Railway

Posted at 2:32 PM, Jun 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-28 21:12:44-04

A 6-year-old boy is recovering after being shot in the leg by a man driving a horse-drawn carriage in northern Arizona on Friday. 

The Williams Police Department told The Arizona Daily Sun that the child was shot at the Grand Canyon Railway historic train depot by a driver for Cowboy's Service Carriage Company.

The driver "felt that there was a threat of a dog coming after his horse, so he pulled out his revolver and cocked it," said Police Chief Herman Nixon.

Nixon said the driver seemed to have fired the gun accidentally while trying to put the gun back in its holster.

The boy was shot once in the right leg above the knee. He underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, Nixon said.

"He's doing fine at this point," he said. 

Nixon said officials are still investigating the incident.

The 29-year-old carriage driver was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct with a weapon and child endangerment. Cowboy's Service Carriage Company declined to comment about the shooting.

The dog and horse were uninjured.