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

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

12-year old girl shot by 13-year old boy playing with gun

Carolyn "Cee Cee" Walker, age 13
A 13-year old Chesapeake boy had somehow gotten a gun and had kept it in his backpack, taking it to school, apparently for several days. He was standing with some friends, outside, including a 12-year old girl, Carolyn "Cee Cee" Walker, pointing it has head and then at her head, when the gun went off, apparently by accident.

Marlisa Walker, the victim’s older sister, said the suspect was also a Deep Creek Middle School student. She said she had heard from friends that the teen had the weapon for several days and had even brought it to school in his backpack. School division spokesman Tom Cupitt said there were no reports of a gun being brought to school.

Marlisa Walker was at work when the shooting took place, but she said witnesses told her Carolyn had been playing with a bunch of friends outside. The 13-year-old boy was playing with the gun, pointing it at his own head and then at Carolyn’s, she said. That’s when the gun went off, she said.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

(update: news footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ryf4LJXeD4)
UPDATE (2/4/12):  The parents who were the owners of the gun will not be charged with any crime.  Virginia doesn't have a Child Access Prevention Law which would mandate safe storage in homes with children or hold the owners accountable.

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