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Teen boy survives gunshot to head

Posted: May 28, 2008 2:56 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Playtime at a Canyon Country home nearly turned fatal after a 13-year-old boy was shot in the head when his 12-year-old cousin accidentally fired a gun, officials said Wednesday.

The boy's injury was not life threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery, according to a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station news release.

The two boys were apparently playing with a loaded .22 caliber gun at a home in the 15000 block of Violetlane Way on Sunday morning. As they were playing, the gun went off, and a bullet struck the boy in the head, entering near his temple and exiting near his eye.

After an investigation, the gun and bullet were recovered by deputies. Felony charges may be filed against the gun's owner for criminal storage of a firearm. Under California law, a person may be held liable and face felony charges if they have a loaded firearm in a location such as a home and they would or should reasonably know that a minor will likely access it and then kills or injures someone. However, liability may be absolved if the gun or firearm was stored in a secure locked container or locked with a locking device that rendered it inoperable.

The Sheriff's Station urges all gun owners to review their current gun safety and storage protocols in order to ensure the safety of all residents in the Santa Clarita Valley.


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