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

Monday, July 9, 2012

8-year old girl shot in crossfire in West Virginia

An 8-year old girl was playing in a park in Martinsburg, West Virginia, at a Fourth of July celebration, when an argument between two men turned into gunfire.  She was hit in both thighs.  The shooter was a felon.

From an article:
Gabriel “Ziggy” McGuire, who was shot twice in the upper back, was treated at City Hospital and released, a hospital spokesman said Thursday.
The alleged shooter, Daniel Lee Herbert, 27, was in Eastern Regional Jail on Thursday night on a $300,000 cash bond set by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow, according to jail and court records.
Herbert was arraigned on two counts of malicious wounding, three counts of wanton endangerment and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Herbert, who pleaded guilty to felony counts of aggravated robbery, grand larceny and conspiracy to kidnapping in 2003 in Berkeley County Circuit Court, was released from state prison in February, according to court records.
Dorsey said she didn’t know McGuire or Herbert, but acknowledged they were close to the pavilion where family and a few friends had gathered to celebrate.
Her daughter was playing when she was shot, which Dorsey said was “a parent’s worst nightmare.”
“I was shocked, traumatized ... ,” Dorsey said.
“You try to put on a nice family event ... people shouldn’t have to worry about something like this,” Catlett said of Wednesday’s shooting.
The incident happened just as the park was starting to get busy, although the heat had lowered the turnout for the annual Fourth of July celebration, Catlett said.

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