Woman accidentally shot by neighbor leaves intensive care; police mull charges


A 45-year-old woman is still recovering after being shot in the chest Aug. 3, after her neighbor accidentally fired his weapon in her direction, Nampa Police said Thursday.

Police earlier said the shooting in the 500 block of 17th Avenue South appeared to be the result of the neighbor, across the street in his home, mishandling his gun. Responding officers found the woman near her vehicle in her front yard. The bullet passed through a wall before hitting her.

The woman remains in the hospital, but has been moved out of the intensive care unit, Sgt. Tim Riha said Thursday. Her 65-year-old neighbor may still face charges, and the incident remains under investigation.

Police have not publicly named the woman, nor her neighbor. No further details around the shooting have been released.

Nampa police released these tips for properly handling firearms:

  • 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.