A seven-year-old Hayden, Idaho boy is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, and there was a $5 fix available that could have protected him.
The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department said the boy was with another child playing with a gun when it went off.
Neighbors said Sunday that the family was getting ready to move and so the gun was likely being packed away but, regardless, the staff at Sharp Shooting in Spokane said the gun shouldn't have been in an area where the kids could get it. If there was any problem with keeping the gun safe Jeremy Ball at Sharp Shooting said there are little to no cost ways to keep them locked up.
"It's definitely a sad case and it's something that could have easily been prevented," Ball said.
When Ball heard that a boy had been shot in the head from playing with a gun with another child he wondered why the gun was accessible in the first place.
"You can't leave it lying around. You need to do something to keep that gun secure and preferably out of sight as well," he said.