DONALD, Ore. – No criminal charges will be filed in the accidental shooting of a 4-year-old boy in Donald Ore., the Marion County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.
On April 20, Cody Hall died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen after he found a loaded handgun while his mother and 1-year-old twin siblings were napping, Deputy D.A. Brendan Murphy said.
The gun was reportedly stored with the safety on in a holster in an unlocked gun case. It was also hidden in a high shelf in a utility room, Murphy said.
Deputies were called to the family’s home in the 10000 block of Main Street NE last month and did not immediately release the circumstances of the shooting. However, authorities were explicit that there was no ongoing threat to the public.
Background: Marion County boy, 4, dies from gunshot
Days after Hall died, a memorial grew outside the family’s home. Fellow preschool classmates later returned to school finding it hard to understand what happened to their friend.
Authorities encourage all gun owners to take time to make sure firearms are stored safely inside their homes.
"Our thoughts are with Cody's family, as this tragic situation serves as a sober reminder of how important it is to constantly practice firearm safety by keeping all firearms locked up and stored in a location where they will not be accessible by children," said Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers in a press release Friday.