‘I think I found a real live gun’: Police investigate after 8-year-old finds gun at indoor play center

Feb 16, 2022, 6:04 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 4:36 pm

OREM, Utah — A Utah County family said they were shocked that their 8-year-old son discovered a loaded handgun at an indoor play center.

Allison Tiné said the gun was discovered Monday afternoon after a large Valentine’s Day party for a home school group at Classic Fun Center in Orem.

“I was incredibly upset,” Tiné said. “My father is law enforcement so I’m familiar with guns.”

Before leaving, Tiné said her son, Oscar Govatos, asked her to climb through the playground climbing structure.

“When I was halfway through the tunnel the gun was about right in front of me,” Oscar said.

Oscar said he started to pick up the handgun to move it to the side, thinking it was a toy.

“I realized it didn’t have an orange tip and it was way too heavy to be a toy and so I turned around to my mom and said, ‘I think I found a real live gun,’” he said.

“I crawled closer and then I looked at it more closely and I could see that it was very much a real gun,” Tiné said. “I immediately said, ‘That’s real. Do not touch it. Back away from it.’”

The Classic Fun Center in Orem. (KSL TV) (KSL TV)

Tiné instructed Oscar and his sister to climb out of the play structure and tell management. She watched the gun until police arrived.

“The officer came up and he picked up the gun and he took the magazine out and it was full of bullets and he checked it and yelled down to his partner, who was down below, he said, ‘It’s loaded and there’s one in the chamber.’”

Police confirmed with KSL TV that the gun was loaded and that officers are investigating the incident. The owner of the gun has come forward, according to Lt. Nick Thomas with the Orem Police Department.

Tiné shared the experience on social media and encouraged parents to teach their kids to never touch a gun and to immediately tell a grown-up.

“Even with the safety on it really doesn’t take that much to flip the safety off, even if a kid didn’t know what they were doing that it would have been ready to go,” Tiné said. “It could have been an absolute disaster.”

Oscar’s parents said they’ve taught him and his siblings about gun safety and were grateful he was the one who stumbled upon the gun.

“I’m really grateful that we took the time to have those conversations with them and that way it prevented any kind of tragedy from happening,” Allison said.

Thomas said it’s too early in the investigation to say if anyone will face charges.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(Courtesy: Baron Edwards)...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Witness recounts ‘miraculous’ Moab rescue after BASE jumper crashes into cliff

Incredible video shows the terrifying moments a BASE jumper crashed into a cliff in Moab, then hung in the air high above the ground, his parachute stuck in the cliffside.
11 hours ago
(John Wilson/KSL TV)...
Josh Ellis

SB I-15 closed in Layton following police chase, shooting

State troopers have closed southbound Interstate 15 at Hill Field Road due to a police incident.
11 hours ago
Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

SportClips in Sugar House reopens after massive apartment fire

SportClips in Sugar House reopened for business Tuesday, 33 days after they were forced to close due to a massive fire that broke out at an under-construction apartment complex.
1 day ago
Charges against Linda Tracy Gillman were dismissed after the state was not ready to move forward wi...
Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com

Charges dropped for 75-year-old woman accused of hiring hit man

Linda Tracy Gillman is already in prison after being convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband and was scheduled to be on trial for attempting to hire another person, to eliminate evidence and a witness in that case.
1 day ago
Jed Boal

Plow drivers needed, but UDOT says the storm itself was the source of delay

Was it staffing issues or the storm itself at the source of traffic troubles Monday night and Tuesday morning across the Wasatch Front?
1 day ago
Tamara Vaifanua

Festival of Trees showcases 11-year-old who persevered against the odds

Patient Champion of the Festival of the Trees celebrates an 11-year-old girl who lost her leg in an accident six years ago and is now defying the odds.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
‘I think I found a real live gun’: Police investigate after 8-year-old finds gun at indoor play center