The home is owned by William Olm, the victim’s grandfather. The child was visiting the home where his uncle, Chad Olm, lives in a room in the basement next to the laundry room.
Chad Olm has a safe in his room with a keypad lock, where he stores four guns.
According to police records, this is what Chad Olm said happened:
Olm was in his bedroom with his son and his nephew, both age 11. The boys asked to see his guns, so he opened his security safe.
Olm told police that he does not leave his guns loaded.
He opened the case and showed them his .357 Magnum revolver, which had been wrapped in a sleeve.
He handed it to his nephew and then to his son. They thought it was cool because it had a big scope on it. They wanted to pull the trigger and he let them, the police report said.
Next, he took out a .22 revolver. He removed the pin and cylinder and then put it back together again and handed it to his nephew and then to his son.
Then Olm showed the boys a 9 mm pistol that had been stored in a case, and let each boy hold it.
Last, he took out a Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun that has a laser sight. Olm said there was no magazine in it, but he did not work the action to check or clear it.
He was holding the pistol and showing the boys the laser on the ceiling and the wall.
Then, Olm pointed the laser at his nephew.
One of the boys (Olm could not recollect which one, according to court papers) said: “Look, you have a red dot on your forehead.”
His nephew reached out for the gun, and Olm pulled the trigger.
The gun went off.
The bullet struck the child in the forehead, above an eye. He began bleeding and fell over.