A hunting-type slingshot toys was being sold by a local dimestore as a toy for children. It was purchased by one young teenager whose younger brother then used it.
The younger brother accidentally fired it, causing the projectile to strike a playmate in the eye and blinding him. The slingshot had been advertised as a hunting weapon capable of bringing down wild game and should never have been sold as a toy. Laws in states other than the one where this incident took place prohibited the sale and distribution of slingshots to minors.