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Deputies: Burney Man Leaves Gun Out, Two Kids Injure Themselves

Kevin Venia (Source: Shasta County Sheriff’s Office)


Two children, ages 2 and 4, are in serious condition at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento after an accidental shooting Monday in Shasta County.

Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies say 29-year-old Kevin Venia left his gun out on an ottoman in his Burney home where his children were playing. Somehow, deputies say, the gun went off after Venia left the room and two of his kids were injured.

The weapon is described by investigators as a “long gun,” possibly a shotgun or rifle.

The third child, a 5-year-old, was put into protective custody and is uninjured.

Venia was arrested for child endangerment.

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