Thursday, May 3, 2012

Accidental Shooting of Oregon Teen - No Charges

The Argus Observer reports

16-year-old Andy Stroebel was looking at a handgun around 3:45 p.m. Sunday when it discharged and a bullet struck him in the neck.

As of this morning, Stroebel has undergone a second surgery on his neck.

Stroebel and an adult friend went shooting earlier in the day and were back at Stroebel’s house looking at his friends handgun. There were several unloaded guns in the house at the time, and the two had been cleaning them.

Stroebel’s friend left the area to get a movie, and the friend had taken the ammunition out of the gun, but at some point Stroebel put the ammunition back in.

Stroebel’s mother was in the other room at the time the shot was fired. Stroebel was taken via Air Ambulance to a Boise-area hospital and then was flown to a Portland-area hospital.
What's your opinion? Isn't it hard to believe that anyone with even a minimum of experience with guns could do something like this. Yet it happens every day.

Conclusion: Some people are unfit to handle guns safely.

What do you think? Please leave a comment.


  1. This story sounds fishy. According to the article the teen had been out shooting earlier in the day. It's unlikely that he didn't know the potential deadliness of a loaded handgun. Something else goin' on here, I think.

  2. I know this family and accidents happen. This is a horrible tragedy. His mom has stated. that she and his sister were in the room but had turned her back for a moment. The atmosphere at the time was happy and they were all joking and laughing. Please don't read more into this tragedy than there is. Hes a very loved kid who at the best will be a complete quadrapalegic. He isn't doing very good so he and his family need prayer.