10-year-old boy shot by 9-year-old brother in Raymond

RAYMOND — A 10-year-old boy shot his 9-year-old brother today at a home in the 300 block of Mill Creek Road east of Raymond, and the wounded boy was taken to the hospital by his grandmother who was home at the time.

Pacific County 911 dispatch was called at 1:02 p.m. and medics met the grandmother and victim en route to Willapa Harbor Hospital, said Pat Matlock, spokesman for the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting occurred in a rural area on a road that runs parallel to State Route 6.

“It looks like an accident,” Matlock said, although he noted that deputies were still at the scene. “It’s a pretty remote area and it would take aid a long time to get out there so the grandmother scooped up the boy and met them on their way to the hospital.”

A hospital spokeswoman could not be reached for a report on the boy’s condition. Matlock said he appeared to be breathing when medics arrived to take him the rest of the way to the hospital.

Matlock said the gun was a .22-caliber rifle and that the two brothers appeared to have been target shooting with their father when the father turned away for a moment.

The boy was wounded in the abdomen.