Police say father shoots 8-year-old son in Orwigsburg apartment, community reacts

ORWIGSBURG, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- An 8 year-old boy is recovering after being shot. Police say the boy's father is the one who pulled the trigger.

Members of this Orwigsburg neighborhood are shocked to hear the details about a shooting just before noon Tuesday. It happened inside an apartment at 214 East Market Street.

An 8-year-old was shot by his father, Nevin Ebener.

Ebener told police he and his son were "playing around", saying the boy asked to see his dad's gun. Ebener retrieved his .45 caliber gun from a shelf in the kitchen and placed it on the counter. Police say Ebener claims the gun accidentally went off when he picked it up.

"you don't do that! You don't show kids guns and not make sure they're unloaded," said neighbor, Ardell Heintzelman.

The bullet was fired in his son's direction, and hit the young boy's side; breaking his arm, pelvis and causing other internal injuries.

According to police, despite sustaining those life threatening injuries, the 8-year-old is in stable condition. The child was first taken to LVHN-Schuylkill and then airlifted to LVHN Cedar Crest for additional medical treatment.

Just a few feet away from the home, a gun shop. The gun shop owner says Ebener did not buy his guns here. But says there are some safety precautions gun owners can take to prevent something like this from happening again.

At Shakey's gun shop, each gun is sold with a child lock. The shop also offers another safety device, a magazine disconnect.

"Children shouldn't have to go through what that child's going through. I hope nothing like this every happens again," said Joshua Shamonsky, owner.

Upon investigation, police found more unsecured firearms, drugs and paraphernalia in the Orwigsburg apartment.

Ebener is being held at Schuylkill County Prison on multiple charges.

 

 

 


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