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Teen critically injured in pumpkin chuckin’ event at South Hall church

A 16-year-old was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in critical condition after being injured at a “pumpkin chuckin” event Wednesday, according to police.

Oakwood police officers responded on Halloween night along with Hall County Fire Services to a report of a traumatic injury at Cornerstone Assembly of God church on Atlanta Highway.

“Upon arrival, officers discovered a 16-year-old male had been seriously injured during a ‘pumpkin chuckin’ event,” investigator Todd Templeton wrote in an email. 

The church was hosting a Trunks of Treats event that advertised games, inflatables, candy and a pumpkin launcher.

Paramedics transported the teenager to the hospital. 

Officers said the teenager was firing a pumpkin launcher similar to a large slingshot with two posts in the ground and rubber in the middle.

“While firing the pumpkin, the teen was injured by the device,” Templeton said.

The church said on Facebook after 4 p.m. Thursday the teenager is still in the intensive care unit.

“We ask that you join us in lifting him and his family up in prayer during this difficult time. Updates will follow as the situation progresses,” according to the church’s post.