- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

COLTON, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say an Oregon 2-year-old is in the hospital after being shot accidentally by a family member who was cleaning a gun on Christmas morning.

KOIN-TV reports the girl was flown by helicopter from Colton to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

The Clackamas County sheriff’s office is investigating the shooting, which they believe was an accident that happened when the child’s 24-year-old uncle was cleaning his gun.

Sgt. Don Boone told KATU-TV he doesn’t expect any charges to be filed.

The toddler is in stable condition and expected to survive.

Boone called the girl a very lucky child and reminded gun owners that one of the cardinal rules of gun cleaning is to unload your weapon first.

Colton is about 27 miles south of Portland.

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Information from: KATU-TV, https://www.katu.com/


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