Close call: Boy hurt but escapes serious injury after gun goes off

SALEM, Ore. - A 14-year-old boy was injured Thursday after a handgun went off while he and a friend were playing with it, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

The boy, Jesse Arredondo, was taken to the hospital by his family just after 5:30 p.m. He returned home later and is expected to be OK.

"I didn't really feel it - just felt like it skinned me, that's all," Arredondo said.

The boys were playing with the gun in the garage of a duplex in the 4800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, which is just outside of Salem, deputies said.

Arredondo said his friend was playing with the gun and accidentally fired it. The bullet went in under Arredondo's armpit, out his back and then into the wall of their next door neighbor's garage.

After the gun went off, Arredondo said his friend said he was sorry.

Arredondo's family said his 11-year-old friend ran off after the gun fired but police caught up to him.

The gun was a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and deputies say they have recovered it.

Arredondo's family says the gun belongs to his friend's father and that the boy brought it over to the house. Deputies confirmed that.

Arredondo's mother, Cristina Reyes, says she wants charges filed, saying this type of thing shouldn't be allowed to happen.

"Something definitely should happen," she said. "I mean the little kid was eleven. It was his dad's gun. So definitely something should."

Deputies are investigating the incident and are interviewing the boys and their parents.

So far, no charges have been filed.