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Woman shot in chest by Nampa neighbor in what police believe was an accident

Nampa Police Department

A 45-year-old woman was hospitalized with a life-threatening chest wound late Friday night in what police say appears to have been an accidental shooting by a neighbor mishandling a gun, according to a press release Saturday morning.

The shooting occurred just before 9:30 p.m. in the 500 block of 17th Avenue South.

Responding officers found a woman near her vehicle in the front yard of a residence. They determined that the shot came from residence across the street, passing through a wall before striking the woman.

Police say they have identified a suspect in the shooting. The 65-year-old man’s name was not released.

The initial investigation indicated that the shooting was the result of unsafe handling of firearms, police said. He could face charges.

“This situation is an important reminder for everyone who owns firearms to handle them safely,” Nampa Police Lt. Eric Skoglund said in the release.

Tips for proper handling:

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Always know your back stop.
  • Never point a gun at anything you don’t intend to shoot.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413