HOQUIAM, Wash.—Kyle Godfrey needed a break. And it almost killed him.
When the 21-year-old couldn’t handle the emotion during his grandfather’s funeral at the Hoquiam Elks Lodge Sunday afternoon, he went for a walk.
Moments later a five-year-old boy shot at him.
”Why would your kid have a handgun,” said Godfrey. “I don’t understand. That’s just unbelievable.”
Godfrey says the bullet whizzed by his leg before he ran for help.
According to Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers, the boy’s mother admitted the family kept the loaded .38 Special on a shelf.
The parents may not face any criminal charges because there are no state laws requiring gun owners to secure weapons around children.
While police continue the investigation, the state is also investigating the gun owners.
They are licensed foster parents, according to a DSHS spokesperson.
The foster children have been removed from the home.
The boy who fired the gun is the biological son of the couple.
Under state law, handguns at licensed foster homes must be locked and left unloaded.
No one would answer the door at the family’s Hoquiam home Tuesday.