Oregon 14-Year-Old Accidentally Shot Through Armpit

A 14-year-old boy in Salem, Oregon was playing with a gun Thursday when it accidentally went off, sending a bullet through his armpit, local news station KATU reported. 

The boy and his 11-year-old friend were handling a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun belonging to the younger boys’ father, Marion County deputies told reporters.

The boy was “extremely fortunate” to survive a gunshot wound from point-blank range, according to paramedics on the scene, local station KOIN reported. He was released from a hospital later the same evening. 


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