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

Thursday, March 14, 2013

17-year old Connecticut boy unintentionally shoots self in groin

A 17-year old was next to a school, in New Haven, Connecticut, and had a loaded handgun in his pocket.  He unintentionally discharged the weapon, hitting himself in the penis.  He then ran into the school, where the Principal called 911.

The wound was not life-threatening.

From an article:

“Every witness interviewed said they heard one shot,” said Officer David Hartman, police spokesman. “He shot himself in the groin.” 
The victim is 17, according to police. 
The accidental discharge occurred around 3:15 p.m. in front of 78 Lilac St., according to police. The gun was in the man’s pants, police said. Police currently don’t suspect a nearby gray Acura with a broken window was hit a bullet in this particular incident. 
There appeared to be no glass on the ground near where the car was found, Hartman said. 
“We see that the vast majority of groin shots are accidental discharges,” he said. 
The 17-year-old male ran into nearby Lincoln-Bassett School, said Lt. Jeff Hoffman. 
Another person was coming out of a locked vestibule, which is when he entered the school. 
He then asked the school principal for help. The principal called 911.

The article didn't say how the boy got hold of the weapon.

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

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