Two-year-old child accidentally shot in face; expected to survive

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Dec. 25-28, 2015


UPDATE (December 28, 2015, 2:35 p.m.):

The investigation into the shooting incident that occurred on December 15 ,2015 is still ongoing. The 2-year-old child is still in a Portland-area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives are continuing to investigate and interview all parties who were involved or witnessed the incident. At this time, the uncle of the child -- Luke Andrew Bowman, 24 years old, of Molalla -- has not been charged with a crime.

In the initial investigation, it appears Mr. Bowman was cleaning a handgun. He pulled the trigger on the firearm and there was a live round in the chamber. The bullet passed through a coffee cup, then into one cheek of the child's face before exited out the other cheek. The bullet then lodged into a wall at the home.

Detectives are reviewing all of the evidence, and will be forwarding the case on to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

EARLIER (December 25th, 2015, 5 p.m.)

On Friday, December 25, just after 11 a.m., the Sheriff's Office responded to the 30700 block of S. Marian St near Molalla. The residence had called 911 to report a shooting. A 2-year-old female child had been shot in the face with a handgun.

Fire personnel and deputies responded to the scene. The child was taken by Life Flight to a Portland area hospital. She is expected to live and is undergoing surgery.

Clackamas County detectives responded to the scene and interviewed all involved parties. The investigation showed the child had been shot accidentally while her uncle was cleaning the firearm. The uncle, who lives at the residence, was identified as Luke Andrew Bowman, 24 years old.

No criminal charges have been filed at this time, and the family is cooperating with detectives.


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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