LOGAN — A former Young Ward resident has started a fundraiser for the Hout family, who’s two-year-old son, Stockton died in a shooting accident Friday night.
Jacob Olsen’s mother lives next door to the Hout family. She was one of the first people on the scene Friday night after Stockton was accidentally shot by his three-year-old sister.
Olsen, who lost his father when he was a child, said he was sick to learn the news of Hout’s death and wanted to do something to help the family.
“It’s just something a parent should never have to go through,” said Olsen. “I wanted to help them out with the funeral costs that I know are super spendy and help them just make sure they’re stable, so their family is well taken care of.”
Olsen opened a charity account on the website <a href=”http://www.gofundme.com/8izwxc” target=”_blank”>www.gofundme.com/8izwxc</a>. He’s asking anyone who would like to help out the Hout family to make a donation.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a penny,” said Olsen. “I had a toddler hand me .25 cents today. I have had some people donate a hundred dollars. Some people donate anonymously. You can also write a little message personally to the family that I can print off for them, so they can see it.”
Olsen said his goal is to raise at least $5,000.
Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said Stockton Hout’s family called 911 at 6:40 p.m. Friday, reporting the boy had been shot in the stomach with a .22 caliber rifle.
The toddler was transported by ambulance, on a ventilator, to Logan Regional Hospital where he underwent surgery to try and stabilize his injuries. He was then transported by helicopter to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where he was later pronounced dead.
Peterson said investigators believe the rifle belonged to the family’s father and that the shooting was accidental.
Funeral services are now being arraigned.