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June 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM

9-year-old critically injured in accidental shooting by brother

Authorities say a 9-year-old Pacific County boy was critically injured after being accidentally shot by his older brother on Friday afternoon.

The older boy, who is 10, was outside and practicing target shooting with a .22 rifle in an unincorporated-area near Raymond when his younger brother asked their stepfather if he could go outside as well, said Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson.

The boy received permission, Johnson said, and headed towards a rope swing that was about three to four feet away from the older boy’s target.

The 9-year-old had his hand on the rope when he was shot in the chest, according to Johnson.

He was taken to a local hospital and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he has undergone three surgeries so far, Johnson said.

Johnson said that the 10-year-old will not be facing criminal charges, but Child Protective Services and the county’s prosecuting attorney has been notified because no adults were supervising the target practice.

This is the fifth accidental shooting of a child in Washington since February.

On Feb. 22, a 9-year-old Bremerton boy brought to school a gun that accidentally discharged and critically wounded a classmate. The boy pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges in juvenile court  while his mother and her boyfriend were charged in  Kitsap County Superior Court with assault for allowing access to the gun.

The 7-year-old daughter of a Marysville police officer died after she was accidentally shot on March 10 by her 5-year-old brother who found his father’s gun while the children were in the family’s van unsupervised. The officer, Derek Carlile, 30, has been charged by Snohomish County prosecutors with second-degree manslaughter.

Four days after that incident, a 3-year-old Tacoma toddler accidentally shot himself fatally when he picked up a gun his mother’s boyfriend had left under a seat while both adults were out of the car. The child’s  mother and her boyfriend have both been charged in Pierce County Superior Court with second-degree-manslaughter.

On April 10, the 10-year-old daughter of a Spokane police officer was shot in the leg with her father’s duty weapon. Officer Barry O’Connell, an 18-year police-department veteran, remains on paid leave while the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office investigates the shooting.

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