Springfield, Mass. – A gun fair organizer was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges Friday in the 2008 death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the head with an Uzi at a machine gun expo in western Massachusetts.
A Hampden Superior Court jury found former Pelham, Mass., police Chief Edward Fleury not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and three counts of furnishing machine guns to minors in the death of Christopher Bizilj, of Ashford, Conn.
Fleury’s firearms training company co-sponsored the annual Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo at the Westfield Sportsman’s Club, about 10 miles west of Springfield. Christopher was shooting a 9 mm micro Uzi at pumpkins on Oct. 26, 2008, when the gun kicked back and shot him in the head.
Fleury said he regretted holding the machine gun shoot and will never do it again.
“I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to the Bizilj family,” Fleury said in a courthouse hallway to a throng of TV cameras and reporters.
Rare albatross hatches at atoll
Honolulu – Federal wildlife officials say an endangered seabird has hatched at Midway Atoll, the first time the species has done so outside Japan in recorded history.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said a short-tailed albatross hatched Friday at Eastern Island, one of three small flat coral islands in Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge about 1,300 miles northwest of Honolulu.
Refuge staff and volunteers have been monitoring the bird’s nest remotely with a video camera.
Feather hunting devastated the species at the turn of the 20th century.
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