August 16, 2014 8:28 pm -

The 15-year old Washington State boy shot his friend with a gun found in a safe in his home.[su_center_ad]

The Longview Police Department said the pair were home alone when they found the key to the safe and began handling the weapon that was inside. Police said the 15-year-old told them the handgun fired as he was returning it to the safe.

Emergency responders who found the 14-year-old bleeding at the residence rushed him to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, from where he was flown to Portland’s Oregon Health & Science University, which has a top-tier trauma center.

Police said the parents of the 15-year-old, who were at work at the time, told officers they had hidden the key to the gun safe and did not think their children knew where it was. [su_sky_ad]

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4 responses to Boy 14, Shot In Face By Friend 15

  1. Gindy51 August 17th, 2014 at 7:34 am

    We always found the key to my dad’s gun cabinet, a flimsy wooden thing. Hell we could have busted it open with a fork. We were lucky he had the sense to unload the guns thoroughly every time he put them up after visiting the gun range. Kids will find the keys. Period.

    • Larry Schmitt August 17th, 2014 at 8:34 am

      That’s what I don’t understand about all these “accidental” shootings. Even if your gun is “secured,” why would you leave it loaded? It can’t be for intruders, because if it’s locked up, you can’t get to it in time anyway. Many years ago, when I first arrived in the Washington area, a young son of the DC police chief found his pistol and shot and killed himself. If anyone would be expected to know how to store a weapon, you would think it would be the chief of police. Stupidity can hit anyone.

  2. Robert Merrill Taylor August 17th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I wonder if Wayne Lapierre will be allowed into Rick Perry’s prison cell to celebrate this event with gay sex?

  3. VirginiaLady August 19th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Keeping a loaded gun anywhere in the home isn’t responsible. I’m so sorry for the boy’s family.