The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office is looking at potential charges against the stepfather of a 10-year-old Raymond boy who shot his little brother with a rifle Friday afternoon.
The 9-year-old brother remains in Harborview Medical Center and is now listed in “critical” condition on Saturday, a step worse than what a nursing supervisor listed him in Friday night.
Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson said that the investigation is still ongoing and no arrests have been made, but the gun and other evidence has been taken into possession by deputies.
Johnson said that the 10-year-old was target shooting with a .22-caliber rifle outside. His 9-year-old brother asked his stepfather if he could go play. With the older brother still shooting targets, the little boy ran to a rope swing about three to five feet away, Johnson said. Just as he was about to go swinging on the rope, with his hand on the rope, the boy was shot in the chest, Johnson said. Johnson said the stepfather was allegedly not keeping track of what was going on.
“There is no likelihood of charges against the boy, but we’re considering a case against the father because this is a case of no supervision,” Johnson said. “It is not responsible for a 10-year-old or 9-year-old to be out there unsupervised with a weapon. It is not illegal for them to shoot a rifle, but it is not a responsible thing to do.”
Johnson said that the boy remains unconscious at Harborview and he is surrounded by his family. As of Saturday afternoon, he already had two surgeries with a third surgery scheduled.
“It’s just hard any time you see something like this,” Johnson said. “It’s hard to take a look at the little brother, too. The whole family is devastated.”
This is the fifth accidental shooting of a child this year in Washington, with other incidents in Bremerton, Marysville, Spokane and Tacoma.