Tony Calvisi the grandfather of a boy who was accidentally shot by his cousin at Cottonvale. Picture: AAP/Sarah Marshall
Tony Calvisi the grandfather of a boy who was accidentally shot by his cousin at Cottonvale. Picture: AAP/Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall

'This will never leave you', pop of shot boy says

TONY Calvisi, grandfather of a five-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the face at his Cottonvale home last Tuesday, said gun owners might think they were being safe, but all it took was one terrible accident to prove you wrong.

"This sort of thing will never leave you,” Mr Calvisi said. "Every time you pick up a gun now you'll just be thinking of everything.”

At 4pm last Tuesday, January 2, five-year-old Cameron Calvisi was accidentally shot in the face with a rifle by his 12-year-old cousin when the two boys were playing in the shed.

The incident has left the entire community wondering how something like this could happen.

"When you're using (guns) constantly you tend not to put them away,” Mr Calvisi said.

"Make sure (your guns) are in a really safe place, because we thought that then, and now...”

Mr Calvisi said the .22 rifle was left unloaded in the back of a ute, where the

two boys must have

found it.

"I don't know who loaded the gun,” Mr Calvisi said.

"Never in a million years did we think anything like this would happen out here.”

Mr Calvisi said many people commenting on the incident didn't know what it was like on a property.

"Bats and parrots can come and destroy your entire crop in a matter of seconds, causing thousands of dollars of damage.”

The two boys discovered the gun when a large thunderstorm forced them to seek shelter in the shed.

"No one heard the shots,” Mr Calvisi said.

Cameron is in the spinal ward of Brisbane's Lady Cilento Hospital where he has been moved from intensive care and is awaiting a third round of surgery to remove a bullet that lies 1mm from his spinal cord.

He is conscious but is unable to speak, using sign language to communicate.

Once the bullet is removed Cameron will have to undergo reconstruction surgery to repair damage to his mouth and jaw.

Cameron, who lived on the Cottonvale property with his cousin and grandfather, was due to start preschool in Thulimbah this year.

Mr Calvisi said the family wanted nothing from the community but support and an end to harmful rumours and speculation. Investigations are ongoing.

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