Camper survives accidental shooting in the head

Bullet exits after circling man's skull.

A recreational outing went awry on Saturday night when one man ended up being accidentally shot by his friend at their Badger Lake campsite in the Mount Hood National Forest.

Hood River County Sergeant/Detective Gerry Tiffany said Brady Logan, 21, of Durham was treated at a hospital in The Dalles after having his head creased by a .22 caliber bullet that went under the skin behind his right ear and traveled to the left side of his scalp before exiting. He required stitches to close the wound but there was no major damage to his cranium.

According to Tiffany, the near fatal shot came from a loaded rifle that John Thomas, 23, of Tualatin, had slung over his shoulder as he walked away from the camp fire. Both men admitted that they, and the eight other men at the scene, had been drinking since their arrival at the campground on Thursday night.

"Alcohol and guns are like alcohol and cars -- you don't drink and drive and you don't play around with guns when you've been drinking," said Tiffany.

After Logan was shot he remained conscious and his friends wrapped his head to control the bleeding. They tried to use a cell phone to call for help but the signal wouldn't travel beyond the rugged terrain. So, several members of the group loaded Logan into a vehicle to transport him for medical attention. They tried the cell phone repeatedly during the journey and finally reached high enough ground to connect with Wasco County 9-1-1.

An ambulance was dispatched to meet the party and Logan was taken to The Dalles where the wound was cleaned and repaired. The Hood River County Sheriff's Department, which had jurisdiction over the area, was then called to investigate the incident.

Tiffany said all of the men at the scene had firearms and Thomas admitted that he had purchased his gun only the week before and was unfamiliar with its operation. He will most likely not be criminally charged for the accident, according to Hood River District Attorney John Sewell.

Latest stories

Latest video:

Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



Log in to comment

Columbia Gorge news and businesses