Antigo boy suffers major head trauma after accidental shooting


ANTIGO, Wis. (WBAY) – A 4-year-old Antigo boy suffered major head trauma after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun, according to a report from our partner station WAOW.

On Nov. 10, Micah Zahringer found a gun in his home that was presumed to be unloaded and shot himself, according to a GoFundMe page for the little boy.

Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller says Micah was airlifted to a hospital in Marshfield where he’s in the Intensive Care Unit.

Police are treating it as an accidental shooting. They have not released any more information about the incident.

Micah has “extensive damage” to the right side of his brain and will need additional surgeries, according to the GoFundMe page.

Here’s the latest update on the fundraising page:

On Thursday November 10th, despite his parents’ best intentions, 4-year-old Micah Zahringer found a firearm, presumed to be unloaded and shot himself in their home. He suffered major head trauma and was taken by ambulance to Aspirus Langlade Hospital. From there he was air lifted to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Marshfield and was immediately taken into surgery. The doctors told the family that he may not make it through the surgery but by God’s grace he did. After surgery they were told he had lost a lot of blood and has extensive damage to the right side of his brain, and he would likely need at least 2 more surgeries.
He is in the Pediatric ICU and is sedated to keep him from moving, so as not to further his injuries. Micah’s vitals have been recently steady, which is really good news. The doctor is planning to do a CT scan, but is waiting to let Micah rest unless they see something that they cannot explain.

The GoFundMe has raised about $2,000 of a $10,000 goal. Click here of you would like to donate or follow updates from the family.