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

Friday, May 10, 2013

12-year old Pennsylvania child unintentionally shot in the face by 11-year old shooter

12-year old and 11-year children were in an apartment in Camden, Pennsylvania, under the care of a 19-year old, when the younger child got hold of a loaded, unsecured gun and unintentionally shot the older child in the nasal area of his face, luckily not killing him.

From an article:
The bullet wounded the child in the nasal area, but fortunately seems to have avoided hitting his brain. 
The 12-year-old was bleeding profusely from the face, a witness told Action News, but was conscious and standing when medical help arrived. 
The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said an 11-year-old fired the weapon, but the circumstances remain under investigation. 
"We have the 11-year-old and the 11-year-old's parents with us, they are fully cooperative. We're trying to get to the bottom of what happened," Chief Scott Thomson of the Camden County Regional Police. 
A 19-year-old relative of the victim was in the apartment with the boys when the shooting occurred. 
Police are working to figure out who owns the gun. There are laws in New Jersey that require gun owners to keep guns safe from children, by either keeping it in a safe place or keeping it locked. 
Police say, at this time, the shooting appears to be accidental.

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

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