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Boy in accidental shooting: 'I thought it just skinned me but it went through'

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A Salem teenager is recovering tonight after he was accidentally shot by one his friends.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office says the shooter is only 11 years old and could be in some serious trouble.

The shooting happened Thursday around 5:40 p.m. on the 4800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast.

It was a night of hanging out with friends that almost turned deadly for Jesse Arredondo, 14.

"Just shocked that it happened," said Jesse.

He says he was in his garage with his brother and two other friends Thursday evening, when deputies say, one of those friends, an 11-year-old, came over to show off his dad's semi-automatic handgun.

"I was just folding clothes and he pulled it out and started playing with it and it went off," said Jesse.

After it hit Jesse, the bullet traveled through the wall missing a rosary. The 14-year-old said at first, he didn't even know he had been shot.

"It was just like a sting. I thought it just skinned me but it went through," added Jesse.

From the next room, Jesse's mom heard the bang.

She didn't know what had happened until she heard her son yell and then saw him bleeding from his side.

"He was holding his side and then I saw him lift his shirt up and I saw all the blood. I just grabbed my keys and said let's go and I put him in the car," said Christina Reyes, Jesse's mom.

The bullet went through his armpit and came out his right shoulder.

"I was freaking out and I kept asking him if he was OK and asking him, 'can you breathe?' I was afraid that it had hit a lung. That's all I was thinking about," said Reyes.

The doctors said if the bullet hit a few more inches to the right, things could have ended much differently.

"I was lucky because it was close to hitting an artery," said Jesse.

He said he's known the 11-year-old for a couple of years but will no longer be friends with him.

Jesse's mom is just glad things didn't end differently.

"We're just glad he's home and safe," said Reyes.

Deputies interviewed the father of the 11-year-old, and he told them the gun is normally stored in a gun safe at their home. He didn't know how his son got ahold of the weapon.

The Marion County District Attorney's Office is now reviewing the case to determine whether any charges will be filed against the boy or his father.

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