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

Saturday, March 31, 2012

13-year old boy shoots mother dead with hunting rifle in Iowa after trying to sexually assault her

Shooter Noah Crooks, age 13
A 13-year old boy, Noah Crooks, used his family's .22-caliber hunting rifle to kill his mother, near Osage, Iowa.

From the article:

The child, identified as Noah Crooks, calmly called 911 at 7:31 p.m. Saturday night, saying he shot his 37-year-old mother at his home, about 9 miles west of Osage, the Des Moines Register reported. 
The boy allegedly fired a .22-caliber hunting rifle multiple times into Crooks' chest, authorities told the newspaper. 
Investigators have yet to determine a motive in the alleged murder -- the first in Mitchell County in 114 years, according to the newspaper. 
"We're at a loss," Mitchell County Sheriff Curt Younker told the newspaper. "These are good people, very responsible. It is the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever seen."
According to another article, Noah shot his mother after first trying to sexually assault her.

There was no history of domestic abuse or criminal records associated with any Crooks family members. 
The 13-year-old boy who allegedly shot his 37-year-old mother dead with a hunting rifle is also facing 'unheard of' charges that he tried to sexually abuse her. 
Now, authorities are saying Noah Crooks also tried to sexually abuse his mother, which mental health professionals say they have never encountered among juveniles.
Mrs Crooks, who was listed with her husband William Crooks as the rural Osage property owners, had worked as a nurse at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa while also studying toward her master's degree after accepted at the University of Iowa in 2009. 
On her Facebook page back in 2010, she praised her son, one of two sons according to Mrs Brahm, for his musical talents on the saxophone as well as his accomplishment in being accepted into a University of Iowa camp to learn Chinese. 
'So proud of him!' she wrote. 
She had also recently published an application on her page reading: 'Click "like" if you love your son!'

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

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