LONGVIEW, Wash. – A 14-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the face Thursday while he and a friend were handling a gun, police said.
The boy was taken to St. John Hospital and then by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. He was bleeding from the head, according to police.
The condition of the boy is unknown.
Police said they were called to the 200 block of 26th Avenue at about 3 p.m.
They said a 15-year-old boy who lives at the home found a hidden key to the gun safe and was able to get to a handgun inside. The 15-year-old told police that the gun went off as he was putting it back in the gun safe.
Both parents were at work at the time of the shooting. Police said the 15-year-old had been told not to have friends over when the parents weren’t there.
Police said the parents told them they didn’t think their children knew where the gun safe key was hidden.
Police have not released the boys’ names because they are minors.