CHUBBUCK — The 5-year-old girl fatally shot in a home on the 600 block of Canal Street, Noelle Aston Shawver of Blackfoot, was visiting the home when the shooting took place Wednesday afternoon.
A news release sent by the Chubbuck Police Department Thursday morning said it was another 5-year-old child who had accessed the firearm involved in the accidental shooting. Adults in the home at the time were in another room.
The girls parents are Drew and Stacie (Udy) Shawver of Blackfoot.
It was shortly after 3 p.m. when the call came into police, and Noelle was transported to Portneuf Medical Center where she later succumbed to the gunshot wound.
Citing the ongoing investigation, Chubbuck police said they would not release any additional information about the accidental shooting.
“We are not releasing any of that,” said Lt. Bill Guiberson, of the Chubbuck Police Department, referring to information about the incident, including the kind of gun that was involved. “Obviously that’s part of the investigation.”
A funeral notice was posted in today’s Idaho State Journal and shows that services are slated for 11 a.m. on Aug. 6 at the Blackfoot East Stake Center, located at 1289 Mt. Putnam Drive in Blackfoot. Noelle’s family members will meet with friends and relatives from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Hawker Funeral Home, located at 132 South Shilling Ave., in Blackfoot.
Condolences can be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com
Also publicized through social media on Thursday is a fundraising effort on behalf of Noelle’s family to aid in the costs involved with the incident. As of 8 p.m. Thursday, the effort had already garnered nearly $16,000 to help Noelle’s family.
Those wishing to help can go to www.gofundme.com/cdoj3o and donate.
While they are nearing the goal, the person administrating the effort said they would like to surpass the figure they had in mind because of all the costs incurred via medical expenses, time away from work and other expenses involved with Noelle’s death.
On Thursday, the Pocatello Police Department announced it would provide 200 free, firearm safety kits through a partnership with Project Child Safe. The safety kits, which include a gun lock and informational brochure, will be distributed on Tuesday Aug. 5 during the “Pocatello Night Out Against Crime” event.
Project Child Safe is a national effort to promote safe firearm handling and storage practices among firearm owners. Project Child Safe is a nonprofit program supported by donations to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
A study by Everytown for Gun Safety released in June found that two children in the U.S. die almost every week from unintentional shootings. The study examined every publicly reported case of a child gun death from Dec. 15, 2012, through Dec. 14, 2013, and found 100 unintentional deaths in 35 states during that time period.
According to the group, the study found most of the deaths came from a child playing with a gun.