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

Monday, November 19, 2012

13 year old North Carolina girl shot by 15 year old boy

Neighbors are still talking about the shooting of a 13 year old girl by a 15 year old boy in a "peaceful neighborhood" in Durham, North Carolina. From an article about the shooting:

Police say they are still trying to determine what led to the shooting. Neighbors wonder how a 15-year-old managed to get hold of a firearm. Kayla, the fourth-grader, said the boy was playing with the gun. “They have guns in the house,” she said. “I seen about 10 in the closet.”
The shooting is the second involving youth in less that a month. On Oct. 16, police say Nelson Pinto, a 17-year-old who lives on the same street, shot a 68-year-old man, Kenneth Harris, while he was doing yard work at his home in the 2100 block.
Shooter Nelson Pinto, age 17
Harris and other neighbors say the street, with its modest, working-class homes and well-kept lawns, had been peaceful until recently. They think gang activity is trying to take root in the East Durham neighborhood. Two oak trees on opposite ends of the street had been recently spray-painted with gang graffiti. Christina Jones, who lives next door to Harris, said her husband used an ax to chop the bark off the tree in their front yard to remove the gang scrawl. Someone used dark brown paint to cover blue marking on the other tree.
Harris said the Thursday shooting caught him by surprise. “It was 3:30 in the afternoon,” said a recovering Harris. “Two girls walked past and then this boy behind them walked past my mailbox. A white van drove up, and somebody stuck a gun out the window and shot six times. But they didn’t hit the boy. They hit me.”
Harris rolled up the blue shirt he was wearing to display bullet wounds in his arm near his elbow and another that grazed his back. Police have said that Harris was not the intended target. “The kid came by and apologized,” Harris said. “He said, ‘They weren’t shooting at you. They were shooting at me.’ ”
That youngster, Harris said, was the same boy arrested Thursday in the girl’s shooting.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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