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

Saturday, July 28, 2012

6-year old Georgia girl shot and killed unintentionally by 13-year old brother

Jenn Stanovich, age 6
A 13-year old boy in Culloden, Georgia, had been shooting at armadillos in the yard with a .22-caliber rifle.  The boy and girl were from Connecticut and were visiting their grandmother's home.  Afterward he came inside and put the gun on his bed, thinking it was unloaded.  While he was talking with his 6-year old sister, Jenn Stanovich, in the doorway to the room, the gun fell to the floor and discharged, hitting his sister.

Jenn died from her wound, at the hospital.

From an article:

Authorities say only one shot was fired from the weapon, a .22-caliber rifle. It was discharged inside the family's home.
According to the incident report, the brother told sheriff's officers that he had come back inside after hunting armadillos in the backyard. He went into the bedroom and attempted to clear and unload his rifle. The brother told officers that he believed that the rifle was unloaded and he placed it on the bed. He said he knocked the rifle onto the floor where it discharged. The bullet hit his sister who was talking to the boy in the doorway.
The bullet hit 6-year-old Jenn in the wrist and abdomen.
She was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia where she passed away shortly thereafter.
Sheriff's investigators were immediately dispatched to the scene. Spokeswoman Allison Selman-Willis told 13WMAZ that they do not suspect foul play but that their investigation is continuing.
The girl's body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab for autopsy.

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

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