Father arrested after 3-year-old son shot in head


MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (KOIN) — A Newberg man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting his 3-year-old son in the head with a pellet gun.

According to authorities, 46-year-old Shane Earl Rader had shot his youngest biological son in the midst of a domestic violence altercation with the child’s mother. The altercation reportedly began after Rader unlawfully entered the home and threatened to kill the whole family — and ultimately resulted in Rader shooting the child in the head with a high-powered pellet rifle.

Around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and the Newberg-Dundee Police were alerted to a child being shot at the 23000 block of Northeast Sunnycrest Road. Authorities recognized the address and were familiar with Radar — he had been arrested on suspicion of assault and violating a no-contact order the previous night, but had since posted bail. 

It was soon discovered the 46-year-old suspect had fled the scene and had taken both of his sons — the 3-year-old victim and his 6-year-old brother — along with him. By 10:45 a.m., authorities received word both the boys had been dropped off at the Newberg Providence Hospital Emergency Department.

After another ten minutes, Rader was spotted on Parrett Mountain Road near Haugen Road. Newberg-Dundee officers successfully stopped and detained him before transferring him into the custody of Yamhill County deputies.

According to YCSO, Rader is now being held without bail on a multitude of charges, including:

  • 2 counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder
  • 3 counts of Attempted Murder
  • Assault in the First Degree
  • Burglary in the First Degree
  • Domestic Violence Strangulation
  • Domestic Violence Felony Assault IV
  • 3 counts of Menacing
  • 3 counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  • Criminal Mistreatment
  • Violation of Release Agreement for Assault IV
  • Violation of Release Agreement for Reckless Endangering

The 3-year-old victim is being treated at Legacy Emanuel Hospital where he underwent surgery. Authorities say he remains in serious condition.

Radar’s bail has been set at over $1 million after Deputy District Attorney Holly Winter requested “increased security” and that the victim’s mother “has a significant safety concern for herself and for her two children.”

“[Radar] indicated his intent was to kill them,” said Winter. “We are asking for increased security. He has indicated he has a significant amount of funds so we are asking for the $1 million bail.”

Radar is due back in court in July.

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