Mother wants charges filed after son shot
NEAR SALEM, Ore. - The father of an 11-year-old boy who inadvertently shot his friend with a handgun told police that the weapon was locked up. For the family of the boy who was shot, the incident raises questions about guns rights and responsibilities.
The mother of the victim also wants to see criminal charges in the case.
The exact location of the shooting - just outside Salem in an unincorporated part of Marion County - could make all the difference in potentially prosecuting this case.
Marion County has no laws requiring guns to be locked up or unloaded.
The 11-year-old boy was playing with his father's .45 caliber handgun on Thursday when the weapon fired. Jesse Arredando, 14, was hit in the armpit but was not seriously injured.
Jesse called the whole thing an accident.
Police are still investigating the case and the district attorney's office will review the evidence to see if any criminal charges are warranted.
Jesse's mother, Cristina Reyes, wants prosecutors to file charges.
"I don't just want to let it go by with nothing being done," she said. "I definitely think there should be some charges being pressed against the parents and maybe even the son."
Jesse told us that the boy said "sorry" after the shooting, then ditched the gun and ran away. Police eventually caught up to him.
We spoke with law enforcement and legal analyst Bruce McCain, who said that prosecutors will look at the 11-year-old boy's behavior and whether or not he understands the danger involved with what happened.
McCain said they will also look at if the boy's father was negligent.