3-year-old shot by young boy in serious condition at Harborview

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LAKE STEVENS — A 3-year-old Lake Stevens boy is in serious condision after being shot in the head Friday night.

Deputies said that a 4-year-old neighbor may have shot him while playing with a gun, but the investigation into what exactly happened is continuing.

According to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office’s Lt. Susy Johnson, the two boys were playing in a bedroom a little before 10 p.m. Friday when the father heard a loud noise. He went to see what was happening, and when he found the bedroom door locked, he forced his way into the bedroom.

That’s when he found his son with a mouth injury, and 911 was soon called.

After arriving at Providence Everett Medical Center, it was determined that the boy’s injuries were caused by a gunshot. The father had feared that the child had been hurt by the bedroom door when he forced his way in to check on the loud noise.

The boy was then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was originally listed in serious condition. The 4-year-old boy was not injured.

Later Saturday, the boy’s condition was downgraded to critical, and then upgraded again Monday. He is still in an intensive care unit.

Johnson said that initial information that investigators learned suggests that the 4-year-old was playing with a gun and accidentally shot the 3-year-old. Both families are cooperating with the investigation, she said.

The SCSO Major Crimes Unit is in charge of the investigation.

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7 comments

  • Kenneth Briggs

    who was the dumb ass that owned the gun ? why was the kids playing with it for ? that should be good for five years in jail and if the kid dies that should be good for twenty years . but then again why way the bedroom door locked for . oh while hope the kid will be ok but now take all guns out of house if the owner wants them back he has to get agun case for it . but who ever let the kids get to the guns is stupid

  • After word

    Wear it on your person or lock it up. The bedroom door should have been locked to keep the kids out of there in the first place.

  • Dan

    We need to start enforcing the laws already on the books. Mandatory prison terms for owners of guns whose weapons are discharged by a child who is handling that weapon without absolute supervision.

    No more of that “it was an accident!” nonsense. No more of that “the loss of a child is punishment enough” idiocy.

    Only the threat of prison will make these fools realize that along with their right to own weapons, they have a LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY to protect children from harm. There are no accidents in situations like this.