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A man visiting family in Gold Beach was accidentally shot by a stray target practice bullet on Saturday, April 25, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office reported.

At about 8:24 p.m. on Saturday, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Kathryn Foster-Hunt, reporting that someone had just been shot in the upper left chest at her residence on Thimbleberry Road. 

Dispatch advised all available Sheriff’s deputies to respond and paged out Cal-Ore Life Flight. Sheriff’s supervisors were contacted and responded to the scene as well. Dispatch provided Emergency Medical Dispatching until the ambulance arrived on the scene. Gold Beach police and fire departments responded to assist.   

Sweet Home resident Kenneth Michael John Kenney, 30, was sitting in a recliner in the residence where he, his wife and baby were down visiting family when a bullet came through the wall and struck him in the upper left chest area. 

Deputies contacted the residence of Matthew Bailey on Thimbleberry Road about 100 yards away from the victim’s residence and discovered that the shot had come from that residence. Five members of the Bailey family had been target practicing for a few hours when an apparent stray bullet entered through the wall of the residence where Kenney was at and struck him. Several firearms were seized from the Bailey residence for safekeeping at that time.  

Kenney was transported to Curry General Hospital and later flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office has been advised that Kenney is in stable condition at this time.

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate and at this time there is no indication that the shot was intentional.


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