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

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

14-year old Kansas boy unintentionally fires gun and hits 6-year old girl in leg in chiropractor office

A 14-year old boy was in the waiting room with his aunt and her three children, while carrying a loaded 9mm  handgun in his hooded sweatshirt pocket, when he unintentionally fired the weapon.

The round hit one of his young cousins, a 6-year old girl, in the leg, causing a serious but not life-threatening wound.

From an article:

As Andrew Bonci treated a patient at his Mission chiropractic office Tuesday, a “huge bang” echoed from his waiting room. 
Rushing to see what happened, Bonci encountered a 6-year-old girl with a bullet hole in her lower leg and her 14-year-old cousin saying again and again, “I’m sorry.” 
“I told him to give me the gun,” Bonci recounted hours after the incident in the 6000 block of Martway Street left the girl hospitalized and her cousin in police custody. 
The boy complied and then ran from the office while Bonci’s secretary called 911. 
“He was scared,” Bonci said. “He wasn’t crying, but he knew he had erred.” 
Police found the teen walking in the area about an hour later and took him to the Mission Police Department for questioning. 
Bonci said there was a large hole in the pocket of the teen’s hooded sweatshirt, and it appeared the youth had been carrying the 9 mm handgun in the pocket when it discharged. 
Although the girl’s injury was serious, Bonci said it was not life-threatening. An ambulance took her to Children’s Mercy Hospital. Her condition was not available Tuesday night. 
The girl’s mother had come to the office with her three children and nephew, Bonci said, and were the only ones in the waiting room at the time. He said the bullet went through the girl’s leg, ricocheted off the floor and into a wall. 
“Thankfully no one else was there,” he said.

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2013/04/17/2764292/boy-6-shot-at-mission-building.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

The article doesn't say how the boy was able to get a loaded gun.

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

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