'They deserve jail time': Mom of infant accidentally shot at party wants justice


    Infant accidentally shot at Olympia party (Family provided photo)

    TACOMA, Wash. - - The mother of a baby who was accidentally shot during a house party Saturday night in rural Olympia is in shock and wants to see those responsible to face jail time. The infant's babysitter was also wounded.

    Samantha Allen says the gun owner, her neighbor, has a concealed weapons permit. But someone else was holding the weapon when it went off.

    The infant had surgery Sunday and is expected to have another surgery Monday.

    “Just looking at my child hooked up to two IVs,” said Allen from the baby's hospital room at Tacoma's Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. “This is my baby, my everything.”

    The shooting happened Saturday night at a party involving six adults, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol, according to the Thurston County Sheriff's Office. Allen, who was at work, learned that one of those people was her 40-year-old neighbor. He has a concealed weapons permit and was carrying a loaded and holstered 9 mm handgun.

    The owner removed his firearm to show a tattoo on his leg. He handed the gun to second man who handed it to a third man.

    The sheriff’s department says that 21-year-old man took the gun out of its holster and started showing it off to the babysitter.

    “He was cocking it and stuff and playing with it and pointing it at them,” said Allen.

    The gun went off and a bullet went through the infant's leg and hit the babysitter. That man accused of accidentally firing the gun was arrested but then later released.

    “They deserve jail time,” said Allen.

    Investigators believe the young man holding the gun and the gun owner may have been drinking at the time.

    Allen want both men to be held accountable.

    “I really do. Because that entire situation could have been avoided,” said Allen.

    The 20-year-old babysitter---who had surgery Sunday at a hospital in Olympia---is also expected to survive her injuries.

    As for the man accused of accidently firing the gun, he’s expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday. He faces a gross misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge.

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