DONALD, Ore. – A four-year-old boy died of a gunshot wound in his home Saturday, investigators said.
It happened in Donald in the 10000 block of Main Street NE at around 5:30 p.m.
Cody R. Hall died from a single gunshot wound, Marion County Sheriff's Office spokesman Don Thomson said. Investigators on Saturday said the shooting appeared to be an accident. They are not looking for any suspects in connection with Hall's death.
The medical examiner's office said an autopsy is scheduled for Monday. Investigators have not released any details about how the boy was shot.
Word of the tragedy spread fast in the town of 1,000 people where crime scene tape is almost unheard of.
Neighbor Art Wiles knows Hall's family well. He said the boy's father and uncle returned from a fishing trip Saturday evening. The shooting occurred while they were unloading their gear.
"They hadn't been home for five minutes, and they were unloading their fishing gear, when somehow it happened," Wiles said. "Very loving family with their kids. Very careful with their kids."
Chuck Baker also lives nearby. He said he’d see Hall every week.
“I’d see the kid in the window, he’d wave at me and I’d wave back. Big ol’ smile and everything,” Baker said.
Saturday, he saw the boy's mother in a panic.
“She came out of the house and she was hysterical. Shaking and crying and all that,” he said. “Really heartbreaking.”
Neighbors left flowers and candles near the home Saturday night.
Hall’s death is the second accidental shooting death of a young child in our area in the last week. On April 14, nine-year-old Shayla Shonneker was shot and killed in her back yard by a stray bullet in Oregon City. Her mother’s boyfriend was inside the home practicing drawing a gun when it fired, investigators said. He does not face charges at this time.
KATU's Erica Nochlin, Bob Heye and the Associated Press contributed to this story.