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

Thursday, September 27, 2012

15-year old Connecticut boy shot to death by father during robbery

Tyler Giuliano, age 15
When Jeffrey Giuliano's sister, who lived next door to him in New Fairfield, Connecticut, called him to report an intruder breaking in, Giuliano came running with his gun. He confronted a man dressed in black clothes and ski mask outside her house and shot him to death, thinking him armed with a "shiny object" in his hands.  It was only then that he discovered the intruder was actually his own son, 15-year old Tyler Giuliano.  Tyler was apparently unarmed.

From an article:

A woman in the home believed someone was trying to break in so she called her brother, Jeffrey Giuliano, who lives next door, CBS 2′s Lou Young reported. 
Giuliano charged across the lawn with his personal gun in his hand and confronted a man dressed in black and wearing a ski mask, Young reported. 
There appeared to be a weapon in the masked intruder’s hand, Young reported. Jeffrey Giuliano fired and the intruder fell to the ground. 
There appeared to be a weapon in the masked intruder’s hand, Young reported. Jeffrey Giuliano fired and the intruder fell to the ground. 
It was then that Giuliano realized that the person he shot and killed was his own son.
“I can’t imagine what he felt when he took the mask off,” New Fairfield resident Tin DiKit told Young. 
When police officers arrived at the scene, they found a distraught Giuliano, a fifth-grade science teacher, distraught with grief, Young reported. 
Tyler, a 10th Grader at New Fairfield High School, was pronounced dead at the scene.

So far no charges have been filed.

UPDATE (9/29/12):  From another article:
Tyler was a student at New Fairfield High School and a Civil Air Patrol cadet. Some of those who knew him said he enjoyed spending time with family and flying gliders and small planes. He was adopted by Giuliano and his wife a few years ago, friends said.
One classmate said many students were baffled by what happened.
"I just thought it was so weird when I heard because I knew Tyler, not very well, but he was just a sweet person and he always made everyone laugh. I met him in the chorus room, actually, and he just wasn't the type to do what happened," said Erin Pallas, 16. "So it didn't make sense to us. It doesn't make sense to the student body."
Brett Rasile, a 14-year-old friend, said he and Tyler were playing an online game called Minecraft while talking and laughing together via Skype until about 10 p.m. Wednesday, when Tyler said he had to go to bed. Brett said Tyler wasn't in any trouble that he knew of, and nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
"Same old Tyler. He was perfectly fine," Brett said. "He didn't really leave any evidence, any hints towards what he would do."
Alicia Roy, New Fairfield superintendent of schools, said the elder Giuliano grew up in the town, holds summer music and zoology camps for his students and plays guitar in a local rock band that raises money for charity. He is affectionately known as "Mr. G" around Meeting House Hill School.
"He was the teacher you requested in the fifth grade. He was a great teacher. All the kids loved him," said Rosemary Rasile, Brett's mother.

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