Shayla Shonneker was playing in the backyard of her home when she was shot.
An accident with a gun has lead to the death of a 9-year-old Oregon City girl. Shayla Shonneker was outside playing when a gun fired inside of her house, the bullet traveled through the wall and hit Shonneker in the head.
The boyfriend of Shonneker's mother, Joseph Wolters, was inside of the house practicing putting a gun in its holster when it fired. He had recently been hired by an armored vehicle company and needed to pass a test to qualify with the gun.
Wolters tried to administer CPR to Shonneker, but she died at OHSU after being flown their on Life Flight.
Wolters is decorated veteran who served in Iraq. He was arrested in 2007 for being AWOL, but the arrest was due to a mistake by the military.
Shonneker has a 12-year-old brother and a four-year-old half brother who is Wolters' son.