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

Friday, May 17, 2013

16-year old Houston boy unintentionally shot dead by another boy in a car

Gregory "Tiger" Michael Reese, age 16
A 16-year old boy, Gregory Michael Reese, Jr., nicknamed "Tiger", was riding with three or four other boys
in a car in Houston, Texas, when a boy in the
back seat pulled out a loaded handgun.  He unintentionally fired the gun, hitting Reese in the chest as he sat in the front seat.

The boys drove to a hospital, but the victim died.

From an article and news video:

It happened Tuesday at around 6:30pm. As many as five teens were in a silver sedan at the time the gun was discharged. 
Authorities say after the shot was fired, the group drove the injured teen, who's been identified as 16-year-old Gregory Reese, to Texas Children's Hospital in Katy, but it was too late. 
Detectives say so far, it appears that the gun accidentally fired as it was in the hands of one of the teens sitting in the back seat. Reese was in the front seat. 
When investigators arrived at the hospital, they separated the teens and called their parents to come get them. 
At this point, it's not clear if any charges will be filed. 

The teen shooter in custody
From another article, quoting the "Tiger's" parents:

Reese’s family says he was a good kid and a class clown who loved clothes, shoes and basketball, but hated trouble. 
“He had a job and was going to school. He loved to have fun. He was my best friend. We miss him,” his grieving father said.  .... 
Authorities say it appears to be an accident. But they are not saying who had the gun. Why was it out? No one is even saying what kind of gun it was. 
“We are getting different conflicting stories,” his dad said. 
“It just makes us more angry. Really, no means for him to die,” said Trevion Sears, Reese’s friend. 
“If he was just a person that was just out here, that would be one thing. I don’t want this to go down as just another black male who is dead,” his mom said. 
A memorial service is scheduled to be held 7 p.m. Wednesday at the neighborhood elementary school where "Tiger" loved to play basketball.

The articles don't say how the shooter got his hands on the gun and ammo.

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

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