PUYALLUP — Neighbors say they never heard a gunshot, but saw what happened next.
“The young man was sitting in the driveway just rocking back and forth saying; I shot my best friend, I shot my best friend,” neighbor Carol Sharick said.
... Police say five boys were in the house hanging out after school, the boy who lived in the house brought out a shotgun, it was loaded and somehow went off striking the 13-year-old boy in the chest. ... Police and neighbors call the shooting senseless, totally avoidable and a tragedy that did not have to happen.
“I don’t understand why people aren’t more secure of their things that they have in their home that are deadly to kids. You see it all the time you’d think the kids would even realize they shouldn’t be playing around with things like that,” Sharick said.
The boy died. Meanwhile, his best friend will have to live with the guilt for the rest of his life. Because guns make you safer.