Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

3 year old Missouri girl killed in accidental shooting

A 3 year old girl was shot in an accidental shooting in Missouri. From an article:
A coroner has ruled the shooting death of a 3-year-old Joplin girl was an accident.
Newton County coroner Mark Bridges says Miranda Doerr was shot by someone Monday at her home east of Joplin.
Her 6-year-old brother was in the room with her but Bridges told the Joplin Globe that he can’t say definitively who shot the girl. He says he can only rule that she did not shoot herself.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Friday, May 30, 2014

6 year old Florida boy shoots grandfather with assault rifle

A 6 year old Florida boy got his hands on an AK-47 assault type rifle that was left on a table and accidentally shot and killed his grandfather with the gun. From an article:
A man is dead after his 6-year-old grandson accidentally pulled the trigger of his uncle’s unattended rifle during a barbecue at the family’s home.
Juan Manuel Martinez Jr., the 6-year-old’s uncle, was having a barbecue with his father Juan Martinez Sr. on Sunday May 25th.
The two, along with a friend who was visiting, were drinking beer and snorting cocaine while socializing, according to the arrest affidavit.
While hanging out, Martinez Jr., 28, went to his room and retrieved an assault rifle to show to his friend.
While outside, Martinez Jr. removed the magazine, looked inside, and reinserted it into the magazine well. The family friend didn’t wish to touch the rifle, according to the affidavit, but it was then handed to his father, Martinez Sr., who then placed it on a table near the barbecue.
Martinez Sr.’s grandson then grabbed the rifle and pulled the trigger which struck the grandfather in the right side of the chest.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Monday, May 19, 2014

5 year old son of North Carolina law enforcement officer injures himself with father's gun

A 5 year old North Carolina boy found the service gun of his father and shot and injured himself. From an article:
A 5-year-old son of a deputy in North Carolina is recovering after he shot himself with his father’s service weapon over the weekend.
Anson County Sheriff’s office said that the boy found the handgun at around 1:15 on Saturday. One round struck the top of the child’s left ear, and he was taken to Levine’s Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.
His father was reportedly at home at the time of the shooting, but he was in another room.
WSOC reported that the deputy, who was identified as Josh Beam, was put on administrative leave. Bream is a 10-year veteran of the department, and lost his bid to be Anson County sheriff in the Democratic primary earlier this month.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

4 year old Indiana boy shot with gun found at home

In yet another "accidental" shooting by a toddler, this 4 year old Indiana boy managed to find a gun in his parents' bedroom and shot and killed himself with it. From an article:
A 4-year-old boy was fatally shot while holding his parents' gun at his home in Merrillville, Indiana, police said.
Police said the boy found the gun in his parents' bedroom Saturday morning in the 6400 block of Cleveland Street and brought the gun back to his room.
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The gun then went off, striking the boy in the head, Merrillville police said.
The boy, identified as Cash Irby Jr., was taken to Broadway Methodist Hospital South where he was pronounced dead, according to the Lake County Coroner's office.
"[The parents] are devastated, as can be expected," said family member Kelly White-Gibson. "The mother is really distraught."
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

16 year old Oregon boy shot to death while sitting in car

A 16 year old boy was found shot to death in a car in his driveway in an Oregon community:
Officials said the 16-year-old, Lazaro Lizandro Fuentes Burgos, was shot while he sat in a 1994 Nissan Sentra. Neighbors heard shots around 1:40 a.m., but police weren’t notified of the shooting for about an hour.
Burgos lived in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood and has no known gang ties or drug ties. The motive for this shooting is not known, officials said.
Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman, said neighbors in the 5800 block of Northeast 59th called 911 around 3 a.m. after finding the teen inside a parked vehicle suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

11 year old Oklahoma boy shoots grandmother

An 11 year old boy shot his own grandmother in a Tulsa, Oklahoma apartment:
An 11-year-old has been arrested in a shooting at a south Tulsa apartment complex near 79th Street and South Sheridan Avenue.
Police say a 50-year-old woman was shot in the back of the head around 4 p.m. Monday at Ridgemont Apartments.
Detectives told 2NEWS the woman's 11-year-old grandson was in the apartment at the time of the shooting.
Police say after the shooting, he ran out of the apartment while his grandmother was still conscious but in need of help. The victim called 911.
After questioning the boy, police arrested him on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill. 
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

9 year old New Jersey girl shot outside of grandparents' home

A 9 year old New Jersey girl was playing outside of her grandparents' home when she was shot 3 times by someone in a car. From an article:
A nine-year-old girl is hospitalized after she was shot three times in Trenton on Monday afternoon.
It happened around 3 p.m. on the 200 block of Bellevue Avenue.
Struck by gunfire playing on the sidewalk outside her grandparents’ Trenton home, a nine-year-old girl was hit three times by a spray of bullets police believe were intended for someone else.
“There were shots being fired up in the direction of the block,” says Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera, Jr. “There was a vehicle that took about nine rounds. We don’t know what role that vehicle is playing right now.”