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

Monday, March 19, 2012

15-year old Oregon boy accidentally shot in head and killed by 18-year old brother

Michael Perez-Hammond, age 15
15-year old Michael Perez-Hammond was shot in the head and killed by his 18-year old brother, James, in an apparent unintentional shooting, in their home in The Dalles, Oregon.  Another brother was present at the time.

From an article and news video:
"I guess they were playing around with a gun and accidents happen even though they shouldn't have been messing around with a gun like that in the first place," said Israel Hernandez who grew up with the brothers.

According to the district attorney, there is still some question about who the gun belonged to and where it came from.
Shooter James Perez-Hammond, age 18
Friends of the family said that he did get into typical teenage trouble, and they described the brothers as typical.

One neighbor who's lived in the neighborhood for almost 40 years said she's never noticed any trouble at the boys' home and didn't hear anything like fighting or yelling early Sunday morning.

But something similar has happened before. She said she remembers one other killing almost 30 years ago in the same apartment.

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