9 year old Raymond boy flown to Harborview after being shot in chest
The Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson says a 9-year-old boy was seriously injured when his 10-year-old brother shot him in the chest while target practicing.
The boy was flown from southwest Washington to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Johnson said the shooting at a home east of Raymond appears to have been accidental. He says the younger boy had asked his stepfather if he could go outside and join his brother, who was shooting a .22-caliber rifle at a target and the younger boy received permission.
Johnson says the 9-year-old was 3 to 5 feet from the target when he was hit.
The boy’s grandmother starting driving him toward town. She met a responding ambulance along the way and medics took him initially to a local hospital.
Johnson said he was scheduled to discuss the case with the prosecutor. He adds that the state’s Child Protective Services has contacted his office as well.