|Jordan Powell, age 16|
Apparently it wasn't uncommon for the boy to carry this gun when he went out at night.
From the article:
Morris said Scott Powell, Jordan's father, told investigators that he and his son argued over his son's alcohol use. When Jordan Powell started to leave the house, Scott Powell assumed his son was carrying alcohol in his coat pocket. The pair scuffled on the stairway of their home on Scandia Road. Scott Powell said he was trying to grab at his son's pocket when he was shot.
Jordan Powell told investigators that he pulled the gun during the struggle to ward off his father, Morris said.
During the scuffle, Scott Powell was shot in the shoulder with a .357 Magnum revolver. The gunfire also caused powder burns to Scott Powell's neck and left cheek, Morris said.
Morris said after the hearing that the pistol belonged to Scott Powell, but both the father and son had said it was not uncommon for Jordan Powell to carry the gun at night.
Scott Powell, who was treated at a hospital and released, appeared at the hearing. Although he did not want to pursue charges, the state charged his son under domestic violence laws.
Interviewed after the hearing, [father] Scott Powell said the shooting was "strictly an accident. Nothing more, nothing less."
"Jordan never pulled a gun on me," Scott Powell said. "He did not point it at me."
"I had my hand inside his coat and thought (the gun) was something else. We both had our hands on it" when it discharged, Scott Powell said. "I am not afraid of my son."
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.