GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - A 6-year-old boy was shot in the leg on June 24 near the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and Train depot.
The boy was standing near a horse-drawn carriage with his mother, grandmother and siblings, when the carriage driver's gun discharged.
The driver, 29-year-old Joshua Van Winkle, who works for the Cowboys Service Carriage Company, said he had drawn and cocked his pistol because it looked like a dog was going to attack a horse.
The family was getting information about the cost of the carriage when the boy was shot.
12 News contacted the carriage company, who did not return our call, but did have a recorded voicemail message stating, "For all other inquiries, we have no comment at this time. Thank you."
The Grand Canyon Depot released a statement offering thoughts and prayers to the boy and his family. It also stated the carriage company and the driver are not affiliated with the depot and were permitted on the property as a courtesy to guests wishing to sightsee in the carriages.
According to the release, the carriage service has been suspended.
The victim is from Texas. He was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his injury and is expected to make a full recovery.
Van Winkle was arrested and booked into the Coconino County Detention Center for aggravated assault, child endangerment and disorderly conduct with a weapon.
Police confirm that Van Winkle was legally carrying the weapon.