Boy, 14, shot through armpit at Salem home

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A 14-year-old was shot Thursday after the gun he was playing with went off.

The shooting happened at a home near Pennsylvania Avenue SE and Shenandoah Drive SE in Salem.

In the words of paramedics on scene, the teen was “extremely fortunate” to survive a gunshot wound from point-blank range.

Marion County deputies said the victim and his 11-year-old friend got a hold of a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun Thursday night. The gun belongs to a father of one of the boys.

The two boys were handling the gun when it went off. The bullet struck the 13-year-old in his armpit.

His mother told KOIN 6 News he will be OK.

“It just went straight through his armpit and out the back,” Christina Reyes said. The situation, she said, was “scary.”

Reyes’ son was rushed to a Salem hospital for treatment. He reportedly was released later Thursday night.

The investigation continues into how the boys got the gun in the first place. At this point no charges have been filed.

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