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Court documents outline how kids got gun in attempted carjacking case

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Two boys, ages 7 and 11, are accused of pulling a gun on a woman in a church parking lot and demanding money and her truck.

According to a probable cause document, the victim, 22-year-old Amy Garrett, asked the 11-year-old boy holding the gun if it was real.

The 11-year-old responded, according to police, by saying: "You don't question if the gun is real b----, that is how you get shot."

"I will blow your brains out if you don't hand over your stuff," the boy then said, according to court documents, before pulling out the handgun.

Investigators said the younger boy also showed her a box of bullets.

The woman was able to drive away and was not hurt.

Police arrived at the scene and said they found the 11-year-old boy carrying a small Derringer pistol that was cocked and loaded. Officers said it had fresh powder on it and appeared to have recently been fired.

The 7-year-old boy told police they got the gun from his friend's dad, Joseph Charlton. The probable cause document shows the boy told police they had fired it four times into the air in his friend's backyard that day.

The boy said Charlton smokes marijuana from a bong in front of them and did not come outside while the gun was being fired into the air. Police said he was asleep on the couch.

The child said Charlton has worked on rifles in the home in front of them and they took the gun from a hidden spot in the area where the man works on his guns.

Court documents show Charlton's 4-year-old daughter was outside with the boys while they fired the gun into the air and somehow got a bloody nose. Police said Charlton did not come outside to check on his daughter, either.

Charlton's wife Kathy Charlton told Portland police that her husband acquired the Derringer handgun a couple months earlier for protection because, according to the probable cause document, "some guys were after him."

She told police he had been storing the gun in his truck. She said Joseph Charlton also had two rifles in the home, but he had gotten rid of them about a week earlier.

Joseph Charlton was convicted of assault in 2003.

He was arrested and now faces charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm and endangering the welfare of a minor. He was arraigned in court Wednesday. His bail was set at $12,500.

A Multnomah County juvenile judge put the 11-year-old boy in foster care and he has been fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet on his ankle.

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