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Boy killed by pellet gun identified

By November 30, 2011

The El Dorado Hills boy who was shot Tuesday by a pellet gun and later died at an area hospital has been identified as 10-year-old Keegan Swinney.

On Wednesday afternoon, El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz confirmed reports from earlier in the day that identified Keegan as the pellet gun shooting victim.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported shooting on Waterman Court in El Dorado Hills at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Keegan was reportedly shot in the torso by a 10-year-old juvenile friend while playing at a neighbor’s residence. The pellet gun was a Remmington Airmaster .177 caliber.

After being shot, the boy returned to his residence to tell family members what had happened before he collapsed.

Family members administered first aid and medics responded to the scene.

Keegan was taken to Mercy Folsom for treatment but was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The El Dorado Hills boy attended Silva Valley School, a K-5 school, in the Buckeye Union School District.

Superintendent David Roth told the Mountain Democrat that counselors and psychologists from the district and from the El Dorado County Office of Education were on campus Wednesday “having conversations with students.”

Roth said the counselors would also be available to parents.

Though commonly thought of as children’s toys, BB guns and pellet rifles are responsible for an estimated four deaths each year in the United States, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The CPSC recommends high-velocity BB or pellet guns not be used by children under the age of 16 and that the guns not be pointed at another person. The CPSC also suggests the guns not be used without adult supervision.

As of press time, sheriff’s officials continue to investigate the shooting.

Community members who wish to offer financial support for the family can do so by bringing checks payable to “The Swinney Memorial Fund” to the Silva Valley Elementary School office, visiting any American River Bank to make a deposit, or mailing a check to: American River Bank, 1545 River Park Drive, Suite 107, Sacramento 95815.

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Jim Ratajczak

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