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Child Injured in Accidental Shooting

Green,BrianMEDFORD, Ore. — Police say a 5-year-old child is suffering from gunshot wounds to the stomach after an accidental shooting this morning in a Medford neighborhood.

Investigators say the boy found his father’s black powder pistol in an unsecured cabinet in the home while his father was asleep. His 8-year-old sister tried to take the gun away from him and it discharged, striking the boy.

The child’s father is a convicted felon and is not allowed to be in possession of a firearm. Medford Police arrested 46-year-old Brian Green for assault, reckless endangerment, and felon in possession of a firearm. His bail is set at $14,000 at the Jackson County Jail.

Police say the black powder pistol is considered a firearm because it is a replica and not an original antique pistol. “This is not an antique firearm. This is a modern reproduction of a cap and ball revolver,” said Sergeant Darrell Graham with Medford Police.

The child is at Rogue Regional Medical Center recovering from the injuries. As of Saturday afternoon, he is in stable condition after undergoing surgery. Medford Fire and Rescue assisted with the incident on West Jackson Street Saturday morning just before 9 a.m.

Police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved. But officers urge anyone owning a firearm to think safety first. “We need to make sure we’re protecting those who can’t protect themselves, storing a firearm in a locked safe, ammunition stored in a different location locked up,” Sgt. Graham said.

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  1. Anita says:

    Way to go! Talk about a complex of really bad choices. I really don’t understand why Americans worship guns so much. Over 11,000 people killed by guns in this country last year…..some intentional, many accidental.

    1. Lisa says:

      Guns do not kill people. People kill with guns. The man obviously makes bad decisions. I pray that they all will heal from this horrible tragedy.

    2. dan says:

      well over 200,000 died last year from diabetes so by your logic we should outlaw sugar since it killed 20 times more people than guns!!

      1. Karla says:

        Having diabetes isn’t a consumer choice – owning a gun is nothing but a consumer CHOICE! Your analogy is illogical, irrelevant and disrespectful to diabetics!

        1. dan says:

          calm down and read what you just said, LOL

  2. nina says:

    Yes he should have had his gun locked up and he didn’t but We all have our rights don’t make it about guns being bad its the person that has the gun that is responsible Now that so much crime is happening here in our once beautiful Medford because of people moving here from other states and prisoners moving down here to half way housing you almost got to have a gun

  3. Phil Davies says:

    Having the gun might not have been the worst thing he could do, but leaving it loaded, where the little kids could ‘play’ with it was REALLY stupid. It’s the illegal, irresponsible gun owners like him that make the responsible ones look bad.

  4. lynn says:

    It’s not the gun that caused this, same as cars killing people in crashes. The gun is an object,,same as a car, a hammer, a tv, a rock, etc. All of these have the potential to harm IF the person in possession is irresponsible or unstable. Tragic accidents unfortunately happen due to the person (or people) involved not because the ‘object’ chose to hurt someone or be irresponsible. Imagine how this father feels right now. Imagine how the 8yr old sister is feeling. It’s very sad and I hope the little one makes it without any permanent damage.

  5. the todd says:

    If it was a Black Powder firearm (Cap and Ball) it may not meet the legal definition of a firearm.
    That is why you can purchase black powder rifles and Replica civil war revolvers etc without having a background check or waiting period.

    They are exempt from these rules because they are not firearms by legal definition.

    He may be guilty of being a dumbass though for leaving a loaded Revolver around kids that have not been taught how to safely handle such implements.

  6. Kevin says:

    First off he shouldn’t have had the gun in the first place. Reproduction or not, he didn’t need to have it. Secondly, he had it loaded and ready to fire. It will meet the standards if it can fire. Third he left it unsecured where the kids could find it. Fourth he was asleep and obviously NOT paying attention to his children. This guy should be locked up for being an official idiot. This is not the fault of the gun. It’s the fault of a man who can’t figure out how to be a responsible father in more ways than just one.

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