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

Thursday, August 9, 2012

7-year old Florida boy shot multiple times by 10-year old with pellet gun

A 10-year old boy and his friend were playing with a pellet gun, in Boynton Beach, Florida, and shooting at each other, when they opened fire on a 7-year old boy, shooting him in the knee and stomach as he fled. 

A caretaker was with them at the time, but did nothing to intervene.  She is now being charged with child neglect.

From an article:
Boynton Beach Police officers and fire rescue crews were dispatched to South Atlantic Drive on Monday at 3:56 p.m. to reports of a child shot with a pellet gun. Responding officers were met by a 10-year-old boy who had “flesh wounds” from being shot in the leg and stomach, the arrest report said.
The boy, whose name was withheld in the report, told officers that he and his friend were “playing” and shooting at each other with pellet guns. The other boy told officers that he and the 10-year-old were playing “war” with each other, but that he had no idea pellet guns could cause serious injury, the report said.
Officers then spoke to Slaughter, who said the children were in her care at the time, according to the report. She said the boys were playing with each other and that she also saw the two boys shooting at a 7-year-old boy, who was shot in the knee and stomach.
Slaughter added that she saw the 7-year-old run away from the other two as he “screamed in pain” while being shot, the report said.
When asked why she didn’t intervene, Slaughter allegedly said, “What am I supposed to do, take the guns away from them? I am not their mother. I’m not doing that. They never listen,” according to the report.
The boys were treated on scene by fire rescue crews.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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