14-year-old shot, killed in Mason County

by: Henry Rosoff Updated:

According to neighbors, the 14-year-old who was shot and killed was playing with a gun at the time.
MASON COUNTY, Wash. —

A 14-year-old was shot and killed with a high-powered rifle in a house on Skokomish Tribal land Tuesday night.

Police and medics were called to the 100 block of North Twana Court, roughly 11 miles north of Shelton, at 7:09 p.m.

First responders attempted to save the boy’s life, but he died at the scene from a gunshot wound to his chest.

Mason County sheriff’s detectives said a 13-year-old boy and the victim had been playing together all day when they each decided to play with guns found inside the home.

After the shooting occurred, the 13-year-old boy ran to a neighbor’s house and asked that they call 911.

Hattie Williams said she was a cousin of the victim. Tears ran down her face when she said her cousin “was a good kid” and “had been hunting with guns since he was young.”

The 13-year-old boy provided a statement to detectives and was then placed into custody. 

The Mason County Prosecutor’s Office will be determining if charges will be filed.

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