Teen shot in face while handling gun with friend

LONGVIEW, Wash. (KOIN 6) — A 14-year-old was flown to a Portland area hospital on Thursday after being shot in the face, according to the Longview Police Department.

Around 3 p.m., Longview police responded to a residence in the 200 block of 26th Avenue for a report of a juvenile shot in the face.

A 14-year-old was shot in the face at this Longview residence when his 15-year-old friend was attempting to put away his parents' gun, August 14, 2014. (KOIN 6)
A 14-year-old was shot in the face at this Longview residence when his 15-year-old friend was attempting to put away his parents’ gun, August 14, 2014. (KOIN 6)

Officers arrived on scene and found a 14-year-old boy inside the residence with his head bleeding. The boy was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center and then taken to Oregon Health & Science University by Life Flight. The teen was reportedly in critical condition.

Police said a 15-year-old resident of the home said he had found the hidden key to the gun safe in the house and accessed a handgun inside of it. The teen told officers he and the victim were handling the gun when it fired, as the 15-year-old was putting it back in the safe.

Both parents were at work when the incident occurred. The 15-year-old boy said he had been told not to have friends over while his parents were away.

The parents informed officers that the key to the safe was hidden, and they did not think their children knew where the key was located.

The names of the two boys involved were not released because they’re both juveniles.

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