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UPDATE: DA Says Silver Lake Shooting was Accident Between Two Best Friends

A 13-year-old student was killed after the accidental discharge of a gun in the small community of Silver Lake in north Lake County on Thursday.

Posted: Jun. 8, 2018 2:54 PM
Updated: Jun. 8, 2018 4:22 PM

UPDATE: A statement from the Lake County District Attorney's office has shed more light on the accidental shooting incident on Thursday.

Deputies received a 911 call around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday for a request of medical assistance at a house on Bowens Lane in Silver Lake. When the deputies arrived, they found a 13-year-old boy that had been shot in the chest. Although responders tried administering CPR, the boy died at the scene.

Investigation by the Lake County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) and Oregon State Police (OSP) revealed that the gun was fired by another 13-year-old boy—the victim's best friend. Evidence points to an accidental shooting, but the DA's office says that the investigation is ongoing at this time.

(Updated as of 4:15 p.m. on Friday, June 8)


CHRISTMAS VALLEY, Ore. — The communities of North Lake County are coming together after the accidental shooting death of a 13-year-old boy on Thursday.

Although few details have been officially released regarding the incident, Executive Director Trace Wonser of the Lake District Wellness Center confirmed that the shooting death was considered accidental, calling it a "terrible event."

"The Lake District Wellness Center staff send our support, thoughts, and prayers to the Christmas Valley community regarding the recent tragedy," Wonser said in a statement.

Staff with the North Lake Clinic in Christmas Valley announced on Friday that they would be opening their doors both Friday and Saturday afternoons to provide "free and confidential" mental health services to those affected by the tragedy.

Wonser also said that the Wellness Center would be sending trained clinicians to Christmas Valley on Monday to provide support for anyone in need.

Meanwhile, the North Lake School District announced that they would be picking up students for a gathering on Monday, offering counseling and activities to help students through the grieving process.

This is a developing story, and we will be updating the article as more information on the incident emerges. Quoted Facebook posts from North Lake Schools regarding details on the mental health services and District response may be viewed below.

From North Lake School District:
"North Lake School is providing an opportunity for our youth that have been impacted by the death of one of our own students to come together to share memories, thoughts and just have time to be together as classmates. We will have counseling available and other activities to help the grieving process. Lunch and snacks will be provided. This will take place at the school on Monday June 11, from 10-2 pm.

We will provide transportation from our three communities. Buses will pick up students at single sites, at the local post offices in Fort Rock, Christmas Valley and Silver Lake. Pickups will start at 9:30 am at each site. At approximately 2:00 pm buses will leave the school to return students to the same locations."

From Hayley Roark:
"For any teens or adults who need someone to talk to that are affected by the recent tragedy in North Lake county... We will be providing Mental Health Services at the North Lake Annex on Friday June 8 between the hours of 1 and 5:30 pm and Saturday June 9 between the hours of 12 pm and 4 pm. These services will be free and confidential, no appointment necessary. The address is 87127 Christmas Valley Hwy. Christmas Valley Oregon.

For after hours services please call 541-947-6021. Teens can also contact the Oregon Youth Line through text - Teen2Teen 839863 or call 877-968-8491."

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