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

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

14-year old Texas boy unintentionally shoots two women at family gathering

A family gathering in McAllen, Texas, took a bad turn when a 14-year old boy got hold of a .45-caliber handgun that his uncle, Brian Ariel Bazan, 29, was showing off to another family member.  The gun discharged, wounding two women at the party.

From an article:

Brian Ariel Bazan, 29, was comparing hunting firearms with one of his cousins when Bazan’s nephew got a hold of a .45-caliber handgun, said a witness who refused to give a name. 
The 14-year-old grabbed the gun, fired once and injured two women, Morales said. The single projectile struck a 19-year-old in the upper chest, went through her back and struck a 45-year-old in the leg. 
First responders transported both women to McAllen Medical Center for treatment, Morales said. Doctors treated and released the 45-year-old, while the 19-year-old remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday. Medics expect her to make a full recovery. 
Investigators do not believe it was the child’s intent to harm his two relatives, but a McAllen municipal judge charged him with deadly conduct, a Class A misdemeanor, and transferred him to the custody of the Hidalgo County Juvenile Detention Center. 
Bazan also faced misdemeanor Class A charges for making the firearm accessible to his nephew, Morales said. A judge issued him a $3,000 personal recognizance bond.

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

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