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

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

16-year old boy takes gun to MLK celebration and accidentally shoots himself

South Bend, Indiana, police got a report that there was someone at the local Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration who was carrying a gun.

From the article:

When officers approached a teen matching the description the teen allegedly attempted to pull a gun from his coat and accidently shot himself in the arm.

“We do have a young male individual, approximately 16-years of age, has suffered from a superficial gunshot wound to the left arm,” explained South Bend Police Division Chief Gary Horvath.

Officers took the teen into custody, his wound was minor and non-life threatening. Officers found a pistol in bushes lining the outside of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Nobody else was hurt in the shooting, though many were shocked that violence had erupted outside an event meant to inspire peace.

No motive was given for why the teen had the gun in his possession, or why he had brought it to the MLK celebration.

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

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