A 3-year-old boy who was critically injured after being shot in the mouth last month is believed to have shot himself, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators initially thought that a 4-year-old neighbor may have accidentally pulled the trigger.
On Monday, sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said “it has been confirmed by investigators that the 3-year-old shot himself with the weapon and not by the 4-year-old. The incident remains under investigation.”
The 3-year-old was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition after the shooting at his Lake Stevens home in the 600 block of East Lake Shore Drive on Nov. 21. The child survived, Ireton said.
The boy’s father told the sheriff’s office the boy was playing in a bedroom with a 4-year-old neighbor shortly before 10 p.m. when the father heard a loud noise. Finding the bedroom door locked, the father forced the door open and found his son with a mouth injury, which he told officers he initially thought was caused by the bedroom door striking the child.
The boy was taken to Providence Medical Center in Everett where it was determined the injury was a gunshot wound. He was then airlifted to Harborview.