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

Friday, March 1, 2013

Man pleads guilty to leaving loaded, unlocked gun in death of teen who was unintentionally shot with gun

50-year-old Kevin Brennick, of San Diego, California, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of leaving a loaded firearm where a minor could access it resulting in death or serious injury of a child. From an article:
Brennick is the father of one of the two boys who were with Luke Lipscomb, 17, when he was shot on the afternoon of Nov. 4, 2011, between the eyes inside Brennick's home. Lipscomb apparently shot himself in the face with a .22-caliber rifle while high on synthetic drugs. He died two weeks later.

Investigators said the gun had been left unguarded and loaded in the kitchen. Most of Brennick's weapons were secured in the home, but the rifle was in the kitchen. Brennick used the gun to shoot "varmints" in his yard.

Brennick was placed on three years' probation and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. This is only the fourth time the District Attorney's Office has pursued such a charge.

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