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4-Year-Old Believed to Have Shot 3-Year-Old When Playing With Loaded Gun

Posted by on Nov. 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM
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4-Year-Old Believed to Have Shot 3-Year-Old When Playing With Loaded Gun


handgunA 3-year-old child was playing with his 4-year-old neighbor in his home in Lake Stevens, Washington. The 3-year-old's father was home, but in another room when he heard a loud bang in the bedroom the kids were playing in. When the father tried to open the door, it was locked so he had to force it open and that's when he found his son bleeding. He initially thought the door he forcibly opened hit the child, causing him to be injured, but once at the hospital, he learned the truth. His 3-year-old child had been shot.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office are investigating the situation, but it is suspected that the 4-year-old child shot the 3-year-old in the mouth. There is no information on where these kids got the gun or why there was a loaded gun in a home where kids are. The child could have brought the gun over from his home or the kids could have found it at the house they were playing in. I suspect that because the father thought the door hit his son causing his mouth to bleed that he didn't have a gun in his home. I'm also confused as to what happened to the gun -- the dad didn't seem to notice it when he barged into the room. Did the other child then hide it? Did he know playing with it was wrong? No matter where it came from, no child should ever have access to a loaded gun. It's the parents who are to blame here. 

Thank goodness this 3-year-old wasn't killed. He was first taken to Providence Medical Center in Everett, but then was airlifted to Seattle's Harborville Medical in serious condition. I'm praying for his full recovery. The other child must be so upset this happened and I hope he gets whatever help he needs to recover from the incident as well. I'm also hoping that the families involved practice better gun safety. Let this story be a reminder to anyone who has guns to make absolutely certain they are locked away and out of children's reach.

Should the parents be held responsible for not keeping guns away from kids?

by on Nov. 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM
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SuckIt69
by Bronze Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM
We have to find out where they got the gun first before we can answer that question.
Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Nov. 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM
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The gun owner is responsible for not securing and being fully accountable for his/er weapon. The father in the home where and when the event occurred, is responsible for not properly monitoring the children in his care. Locked door, WTF...the only BR that should have a lock, is one where an adult resides. Were the kids playing in an adult's bedroom?

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Nov. 24, 2014 at 10:49 AM


Quoting SuckIt69: We have to find out where they got the gun first before we can answer that question.

The kids were 3 and 4- no matter, they require adult supervision at all times...that includes making sure  preschoolers do not have any ability to obtain a firearm.

SuckIt69
by Bronze Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM
They couldve ffound the gun, gotten it from another child. It's not necessarily a parents. Although that's the most likely scenario, there are still other possibiities that are not known yet.

And no, three and four year olds don't require supervision at ALL times, especially if you don't think they have a loaded weapon. I let my 3 and 5 yo play in their rooms alone without me in there every single minute.

Quoting Sisteract:

Quoting SuckIt69: We have to find out where they got the gun first before we can answer that question.

The kids were 3 and 4- no matter, they require adult supervision at all times...that includes making sure  preschoolers do not have any ability to obtain a firearm.

FromAtoZ
by Silver Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM

I heard about this last night.

I hope that little one recovers.

This makes me so angry.

I want to know whose gun that is and how and where these little ones got ahold of it.

FromAtoZ
by Silver Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Washington boy shot in mouth by playmate who found loaded gun — and survives

Michael Holzworth, 3, is recovering at a hospital after his playmate found a loaded gun at the victim’s Lake Stevens home and fired one shot in the young boy’s mouth. ‘It’s just a miracle that it didn’t go back into his brain,’ the boy’s uncle, P.J. Thayer, told the Daily News.

 
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Michael Holzworth, an energetic 3-year-old of Lake Stevens, Wash., is recovering from a gunshot wound to the face.COURTESY P. J. THAYERMichael Holzworth, an energetic 3-year-old of Lake Stevens, Wash., is recovering from a gunshot wound to the face.

The young, energetic Washington state boy with a love for Spiderman and giraffes is hospitalized because of an irresponsible mistake, relatives said.

Michael Holzworth is in stable condition, but is being sedated after a 4-year-old neighboring boy shot his playmate Friday night.

His uncle says Michael will need plastic surgery to fix the nasal cavity and teeth blasted out of his mouth, but there will likely be no brain damage.

The two boys were alone with Michael’s father, Jon Holzworth, because his wife was away at a funeral, leaving the children to play. But a “loud noise” erupted at the Lake Stevens condo.

Michael Holzworth (right) was reportedly shot by a neighboring boy while his mother, Shirley Holzworth (left) attended a funeral.COURTESY P. J. THAYERMichael Holzworth (right) was reportedly shot by a neighboring boy while his mother, Shirley Holzworth (left) attended a funeral.

He bashed down the bedroom door where the boys had locked themselves inside and found his 3-year-old son bleeding heavily from the mouth. His son's playmate, a neighbor, had stumbled upon a loaded gun and pulled the trigger at Michael’s face.

The 3-year-old is known for being an avid playmate with his cousins and loving giraffes in this 2013 Halloween costume.COURTESY P. J. THAYERThe 3-year-old is known for being an avid playmate with his cousins and loving giraffes in this 2013 Halloween costume.

“I know my sister is a very good mother ... and had she been home, I am 100% confident this wouldn’t have happened,” P.J. Thayer, the victim’s uncle, told the Daily News on Sunday. “It’s just a miracle that (the bullet) didn’t go back into his brain.”

He believes his brother-in-law made a mistake.

“I don’t know where he left it, but he left it in a place where the child could get to it,” Thayer said. “It’s plain irresponsibility.”

Both men are gun owners. Holzworth made his arsenal known through bumper stickers found on their vehicles outside the condo, according to a KING-TV report.

“The only difference is my guns are in my safe,” Thayer added.

It’s not known if charges will be filed against Holzworth at this time because the shooting is still under investigation by Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, KING-TV reported.

For now Thayer is left explaining to his own sons what happened to their beloved cousin known for lighting up the room with his unlimited energy. They plan to visit once Michael wakes up from being sedated, but for now, he’s using this opportunity to talk gun safety to his own children.

“If you see a gun, you get out of there and you tell an adult,” Thayer said.

He also worries about the 4-year-old boy that pulled the trigger.

The victim’s uncle, P.J. Thayer, is shocked that a loaded gun had been left out at his sister’s home for a 4-year-old to find.
The victim’s uncle, P.J. Thayer, is shocked that a loaded gun had been left out at his sister’s home for a 4-year-old to find.
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“I’m really concerned for his well being and the boy’s family having to cope with this,” Thayer added.

nhensley@nydailynews.com

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FromAtoZ
by Silver Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Seems the kids found the loaded gun in the home.

Holy hell.

Euphoric
by Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

I'm so glad the little boy is in stable condition. It pisses me off that this gun wasn't locked up.

Sweet_Faith
by Ruby Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 7:38 PM

It's a miracle this little boy survived, thank God he's OK. It seems that the gun was in the home and probably his father's gun. If that's the case the father is responsible for this, leaving a gun out somewhere for a child to pick up and not locked up. I personally don't like guns and would never own one, but believe that it's every law abiding citizens right to own a gun for reasons of self defense in their home as long as it's locked up especially  if there's children.  It's tragic that we're hearing so many stories about children shooting off guns because they aren't locked up an something needs to be done about this.

PhoenixAshes522
by on Nov. 24, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Yes they should be.

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