Police: 9-year-old girl shot in the head has died

OregonchildOREGON CITY, Ore. – A 9-year-old girl accidentally shot in the head has died, according to police.

Oregon City police said the child was accidentally shot by someone inside her home while she was playing in her backyard.

Police and medics responded to the 2000 block of 12th Street in Oregon City just before 5 p.m.

The little girl was taken by helicopter to OHSU, where she died.

Police said the initial call was that the mother’s boyfriend was possibly cleaning his handgun inside the house when it went off.

The suspected shooter is cooperating with police and was being interviewed by detectives.

At this time, police haven’t said whether or not the suspected shooter will be charged with any crimes.

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9 comments

  • Nicole

    and for this reason I am hesitant to own a hand gun with small children around. I could never forgive someone or myself for hurting my child. R.I.P.

  • Ernie

    Yeah, and you're supposed to look for little kids before backing a vehicle as well but nobody's perfect and people do make horrible mistakes–Do we punish -every- mistake folks make? I suspect this guy and his wife are punishing themselves more than we can imagine and will probably do so for the rest of their lives.

    • RIP

      This wasn't a mistake, it's negligence. Just like backing a vehicle up over someone's child. If your brakes gave out and the car kept going, accident. You decide not too look, negligence. I don't see how "forgetting" or "not thinking about" clearing a handgun, that is being brought out around a child and then having a round discharge in her head can be deemed an accident. Simply put, this individual was lazy and now there is a little girl who doesn't get to fulfill her dreams because of someone's "accident"

  • guest

    Other sources: Police also identified the shooter as Joseph Wade Wolters, 32, live-in boyfriend of Shayla's mother. My point: 'live-in boyfriend'. Although I'd presume this death was unintentional, I can't count how many times I've read about a child being killed, injured or otherwise neglected and seen the words 'live-in boyfriend' in the story. It's time our children became more than an 'after-thought', don't you think? RIP my poor child.
    Before you post something in opposition to my 'live-in boyfriend' comment, think about it….