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

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

7-year old child unintentionally shot with shotgun in leg

A child in Florence County, South Carolina, was unintentionally shot by his or her father with a shotgun.  The child was shot in the leg and is in serious, but not life-threatening condition.

From an article:

The shooting occurred at the child's father's home at the 1400 block of Willow Trace Drive in Florence at around 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept 8, and there were several people in the home at the time. 
Capt. Michael Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff's Office says the shooting appears to be accidental and the child was not the intended victim. Investigators say they are continuing to question the witnesses at the scene. Nunn said right now it's unclear whether or not the shooter had a different, intended victim in mind. 
Neighbors who also live on Willow Trace Drive have differing opinions of the safety of their neighborhood. 
"It's real sad because I've got kids, I've got grandkids. It's something very devastating, so I'm sorry to hear that. Back here's a nice, quiet place to live. Never have no problem back here," Willow Trace Drive Resident Alexander McCrea said. 
"We fear for our lives here. I'm not comfortable, none of us are. I have a grandson to worry about, it's just very upsetting to hear and to see these things going on and you know a few months back a baby overdosed on cocaine, nine months old," Willow Trace Drive Resident Electra Smith said. 
The child was struck by the pellets in the leg. The child's injuries are serious but not life-threatening. 
Nunn tells WMBF News that investigators are still gathering more details on the incident and that criminal charges are possible.


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