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

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

4-year old Virginia boy gets hold of gun and shoots great uncle in head, killing him

A man in Richmond, Virginia, 58-year-old Casper R. Jones, was babysitting his 4-year old great-nephew when the boy found a loaded, unsecured handgun and discharged it, hitting Jones in the head.  Jones was taken to the hospital, but later died from his wound.

From an article:

Jones was rushed to VCU Medical Center with life threatening injuries; he remained in serious condition until his death Tuesday. 
Jones' four-year-old great-nephew is believed to be responsible for the accidental shooting. It is unclear how the juvenile came into contact with the firearm. 
A neighbor who lives down the street is still in disbelief. 
"He always watches the kids all day, it's crazy. He watched his nieces, nephews, grandsons...he is the babysitter for the family," said Tramel Woodson. "That's why I am sorry it happened to him. His own nephew." 
Police continue to investigate the tragic accidental shooting. No charges have been brought forth at this time, but police say any possible charges will be placed by the Commonwealth's Attorney's office.

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

(thanks to the Ohh Shoot blog post on this for a heads-up)


  1. Tragic and totally avoidable. Hundreds die every year many of them children because they have a gun for protection.

  2. Indeed, Elderartist, as we demonstrate on this blog. 299 in the last year just involving kids, posted on this blog.


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