UPDATE: ‘Tragic’ Pellet Gun Accident Takes Life Of 10-Year-Old Boy

EL DORADO HILLS (CBS13) –- No charges are expected in the death of a 10-year-old El Dorado Hills boy who was struck by a friend’s pellet gun on Tuesday afternoon.

“This is just one of those, it’s a tragedy, an unfortunate accident,” said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s office on Wednesday identified the 10-year-old as Keegan Swinney. Keegan was a student at Silva Valley Elementary School, where officials brought in grief counselors Wednesday.

“We’re devastated today,” Superintendent David Roth told CBS13. “People are quite shocked.”

The sheriff’s office said Keegan was shot with a pellet gun by a neighbor, also 10, while playing at the neighbor’s house. They were apparently shooting at garbage cans when Keegan was accidentally hit by the neighbor’s Remmington Airmaster .177 caliber pellet gun.

The two lived across the street from each other on Waterman Road and the families are good friends, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.

Keegan ran back to his house and told family members what happened and then collapsed, the sheriff’s office said. Family members administered first aid and medics responded.

Keegan was taken to Mercy Folsom for treatment but died there. He was shot in the torso but the exact cause of death is pending an autopsy.

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has issued warnings about BB guns or pellet guns. The commission reports an average of four deaths per year are caused by the guns, which many people call “toy guns”.

Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that the power of some of these guns should not be underestimated and that children with “toy” guns should never be left unsupervised.

Golmitz said he wasn’t aware of any other pellet gun deaths ever in El Dorado County. Whether the guns are safe for kids to play with, he said that’s up to the parents.

“Some 10-year-olds are an appropriate age to play with them,” he said.

  • Theresa Nilsson

    How very sad for this young boy and his family…my heart and prayers go out to them:(

  • JMHO55

    Very sad and very preventable. Ten-year-old children should not be playing with these toys indoors, should not have access to them indoors, and should not be playing with them period unless supervised and protected. Pellet guns, air soft guns and the like can be very dangerous when used at close distances and when used without masks and protective padding. It is a shame a child has to lose his life in order for parents to realize these dangers.

    • really

      why do people feel the need to lecture others about this tragedy? To prove how smart, good, and righteous you are? Any dumb-a** can say these things, most all think about it when they read the article, but none of us need to read the same stupid comments over & over.

      • bri

        becuse children are not to have these unsupervised, a big mistake by the parents. I grew up around guns and was taught never to play with or point it at anyone even unloaded. The first thing kids that are not used to them is start playing with them and pointing them at things. All parents need to be reminded not to leave things like this around young kids! Sad that a young kid has to die because becuse of this

      • termite

        Really , well don’t read them you dumba–, Most of the time these are response’s to an article and most are good. Accidents don’t happen they are caused , the person responsible ,in this case are the parents. And who are you to say who should and should not lecture people because you’re doing it.

  • gna

    It’s an accident, probably preventable, but an accident never the less. I had these type of guns when I was that age, just the basic rule of don’t point at people. and watch out for ricochets. This young lad must have severed an artery. . . .how so very sad indeed…..

  • J.A.

    my son was shot in the head with a BB two years ago and had to have it surgically removed. It missed his eye by an inch, and could have killed him. I was a basket case when this happened and was well aware of how fortunate my son survived. I am sick about this situation and my heartfelt prayers go out to everyone involved. The little boy who survived will need some intense therapy. How in the world will he ever get beyond this accident that killed his friend? Oh Lord, please bring healing.

  • david

    pellet guns have a greater fps velocity then most bb guns. when you purchase a pellet or bb gun, people should be aware of the fps rating and of course school minors in their use. minors should be supervised when they are using pellet or bb guns be it pistols or rifles. adults should also be aware of the fps, feet per second, velocity. too bad about the boy, it was completely preventable.

  • sally

    RIP young man. Always Say A Prayer

  • Linda

    So sad for this family and also sad for the friend that shot him. Prayers to both families.

  • HRH

    I am sad for both families.

  • rmcsticks

    This is very sad for both kids and there familys, I have a pellet gun that will take down a coyote, these are not toys….

  • ER-Sceptical

    How very sad. Prayers go out to both families. I would hope the coroner look into the quality of care this young lad received at Mercy Folsom Hospital. From my first hand experience. I arrived unable to breathe, chest pains and labs were taken. Then I was sent out into the waiting area to await lab results. All the while still not getting enough oxygen and having chest pains. The ER was NOT busy. So I would question why the staff would send a potential heart attack patient to sit in waiting area .I would suspect this young mans death could be caused by the very unskilled staff at Mercy Folsom Hospital or their inability to treat properly. Makes a person who has had very poor medical treatment, question this poor young mans quality of care. He was alive upon arrival, but died after being treated……

  • Robert Mercado

    These toy guns are deadly and that’s why they need to be outlawed or used only under strict adult supervision. When i was a child i cried until i recieved my daisy bb rifle. My older brother got one too, much more powerful. I know this cause on christmas day he shooting at a empty robot box container that i got also. Robot was in my room. Told him to stop shooting at it and reached to grab it and was shot in my point finger. His rifle was taken from him and i was black and blue for a week. So was his rear.

  • Mac

    I’d like to know more details about the pellet gun. There are some very powerful air rifles out there which are meant for killing varmints and such. High-power .22 cal. and not what I (and probably others) consider a “pellet gun”. Of course, a pellet gun can kill, but not bloody likely.
    I own several guns and a coupe rifles. I’m definitely PRO-gun – if you want to use them, use them. If not, of course that’s fine too.
    I’ve always taught my son to respect them, and kept them locked up.
    All that to say that I don’t think a 10-year-old should be playing with either a pellet gun OR especially a high-powered air rifle unsupervised, and it should’ve been locked up.
    If you pray, please do for these families. If you don’t, why not give it a try anyhow just this once? They could use it!

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  • billy joe

    I can’t believe no one is going to be held responsible.
    That’s the sad part.
    You don’t accidently shoot someone in the upper torso.
    The kid did’t know the first thing about firearms safety.
    I say give the victim his props, charge someone with something.

  • Linann M Singh

    Guns don’t kill people, people who give chrildren guns, kill people.

  • People Kill

    “…children with “toy” guns should never be left unsupervised…Whether the guns are safe for kids to play with, he said that’s up to the parents. “Some 10-year-olds are an appropriate age to play with them,” he said.”

    Children play with toys.

    Guns aren’t toys. They are to be safely handled — not played with.

  • stacy

    so very sad. but, this is EXACTLY why kids should never have pellet guns, or any guns for that matter. not only to they readily kill innocent animals, but apparently people as well.

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