12-year-old boy dies after apparent gunshot wound to the head

A 12-year-old boy from Silverdale who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center Thursday night with an apparent gunshot wound to the head, died Friday morning, according to Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday night, Kitsap 911 received a phone call regarding the boy appearing to be critically injured and bleeding from the head in the 9300 block of Northwest Dishman Road in Central Kitsap, west of Silverdale, Wilson says.

The boy was apparently with his older brother at his grandparents house, while they were out to dinner, according to Wilson. He was able to access a firearm in the house and the initial injury was “self inflicted,” Wilson said. The firearm was allegedly found underneath the body.

The 12-year-old child was initially transported to Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale before being airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was pronounced dead Friday morning by the King County Medical Examiner, who will provide the cause and manner of death once available.