Police anticipate charges in accidental shooting

Police anticipate charges in accidental shooting

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ROY -- Roy police hope to pursue some type of criminal charges against the man who fired a shotgun through a window and critically injured a 9-year-old boy.

Police say 28-year-old David Dunlop had just finished cleaning and loading his shotgun Saturday when he pointed the gun out the window and fired, thinking there was not a shell in the chamber. Dunlop was house-sitting at his grandmother's home near 3800 South and 1900 West.

The shell was loaded with double-ought buckshot. Roy Police Chief Greg Whinham said the 12-gauge shell contained nine pellets that are slightly bigger than a .22-caliber bullet.

Several of those pellets struck 9-year-old Braden Schroeder, critically wounding him. Schroeder is now listed in critical but stable condition at Primary Children's Medical Center.

Family spokesman Roger Fadel said it is anticipated by the medical staff there that recovery may take several weeks. In a statement released through Fadel, the family also thanked friends and people in the community for their support and prayers.

Police have been in contact with the Davis County District Attorney's Office. Whinham said it is not clear right now what charges will be filed, but he does believe charges will be filed.

"Our goal is because of the neglectful act that resulted in the serious injury of this young boy that there will be some kind of a criminal consequence to that," he said.

Whinham said Dunlop had been drinking during the day. Police are awaiting test results to learn if Dunlop was legally impaired.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

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