Sunday, June 17, 2012

Accidental Shooting of 9-Year-old Washington Boy by his Brother - No Charges Yet

The Seattle Times reports

Authorities say a 9-year-old Pacific County boy was critically injured after being accidentally shot by his older brother on Friday afternoon.

The older boy, who is 10, was outside and practicing target shooting with a .22 rifle in an unincorporated-area near Raymond when his younger brother asked their stepfather if he could go outside as well, said Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson.

The boy received permission, Johnson said, and headed towards a rope swing that was about three to four feet away from the older boy’s target.

The 9-year-old had his hand on the rope when he was shot in the chest, according to Johnson.
He was taken to a local hospital and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he has undergone three surgeries so far, Johnson said.

Johnson said that the 10-year-old will not be facing criminal charges, but Child Protective Services and the county’s prosecuting attorney has been notified because no adults were supervising the target practice.

This is the fifth accidental shooting of a child in Washington since February.
Is failure to supervise target practice a felony in Washington? In this case it certainly should be.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

1 comment:

  1. Would you let a 10 year old go swimming somewhere unsupervised? Most parents wouldn't, and a permitted accidental swimming fatality would be considered bad parenting.

    Given the potential things that could go wrong with a ten year old and a firearm......duh? This should be a no-brainer. That the ten year old didn't know enough not to continue shooting when his younger brother was on a tire swing should be evidence enough of bad parenting and the need for supervision.

    But of course, our gun nuts don't mind the occasional death of kids, so long as there is absolutely no law passed that in any way restricts firearms or penalizes anyone for avoidable deaths.

    Any amount of death and blood is acceptable to them so long as they have unlimited access to their fetish objects. Theirs is not a rational position.