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  • Staff photo by Don Himsel

    Hollis police place yellow tape around the house on Rt. 111 at the Massachusetts state line Friday, April 13, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel
    Hollis police place crime tape around the Hollis home on Route 111, near the state line, where a shooting was reported Friday morning, April 13, 2012.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel
    Police officers at the home on Route 111 in Hollis, near the state line.
  • Staff photo by Don Himsel
    Route 111 home in Hollis where shooting was reported Friday April 13, 2012.
Saturday, April 14, 2012

9-year-old Hollis boy suffers gunshot wound to the head at home, condition uncertain; police investigation ongoing

HOLLIS – A 9-year-old child suffered a gunshot wound Friday morning at his Hollis home, near the Massachusetts border.

Hollis Police Chief Jay Sartell confirmed that the boy is about 9 years old and suffered a gunshot to his head from a small-caliber handgun. He was found in his bedroom of the home at 143 Route 111, Sartell said.

The boy was brought to a local hospital and later transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. His condition was not immediately available, Sartell said.

Initial reports came in around 9:30 a.m. of a possible gunshot wound to the head of a child.

The location of the home is directly next to Holt Lumber Yard, near the border with Pepperell, Mass.

Pat Holt, who owns Holt Lumber Yard as well as the home where the shooting occurred, said she was worried for the young boy, who she described as a happy and energetic child. The boy’s father, she said, is “very nice.”

“Not good,” Holt said. “I’m worried this is something serious. He comes down here to visit me. He’s a little boy, an active boy who gets into everything.”

The child is home-schooled, Holt said.

The home was surrounded by crime scene tape early Friday afternoon, along with several Hollis and State Police cruisers.

Police are trying to determine whether the shooting was accidental and the circumstances leading up to it.

“We’re still actively investigating the nature of the shooting,” Sartell said.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).