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James Kenneth Lindquester, a young child is dead after he shot himself accidentally with a handgun at his home in Oregon, KATU-TV reports. James Kenneth Lindquester, 3, is believed to have found the gun in an end-table drawer in a bedroom at his house in Aloha, Oregon, a suburb of Portland.
He shot himself in the head around 10 p.m. Friday.
Emergency teams took the boy to a local hospital, but he died of his injuries shortly before midnight.
Police are still investigating the incident and no charges have been filed.
Washington County Representative Shannon Wilde told the television station that responding to a call involving the death of a child is particularly challenging.
“I think if you ask any lifeguard, the death of a child is the worst call we ever go to,” Wilde told KATU-TV. “It is difficult, many of us are parents. I know some of those who responded on the scene last night have kids, some have kids the same age as this kid and it’s hard. We see a lot of horrible things, but seeing a child in that situation is the worst. ”
Penny Okamoto of the Cease Fire Oregon group, which works to prevent gun violence, told KATU-TV that gun owners should keep their firearms locked up and stored separately from ammunition to help prevent such tragedies.
“If people choose to have a firearm in the house, it must be kept closed and unloaded,” Okamoto told the television station. “The burden really falls on the adult gun owner to make sure the firearm is safe at all times.”
Okamoto also recommended that parents discuss the dangers of guns with their children.
“We always need to have conversations with our children about danger and one thing that we encourage with the Cease Fire Oregon education association is to tell kids when they see a gun not to touch, get out of the area and tell an adult,” Okamoto told KATU. TELEVISION.