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

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

2 year old North Carolina boy shoots self in the mouth with father's gun

It's happened again. A two year old boy found a gun in his North Carolina home and shot himself in the mouth. He is still alive but with injuries:
The shooting happened around lunchtime at 711 Spring Valley Road just outside Asheboro city limits.
The boy suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, and his condition is improving at Brenner Children's Hospital, Randolph County deputies said.
The boy broke a mandible bone in his jaw. Capt. Derrick Hill said it was a miracle the shot missed vital blood vessels and the spinal column.
The boy was alone in his parents' bedroom when picked up an improperly locked .45-caliber pistol, deputies said. The boy put the gun in his mouth while playing with it and pulled the trigger.
The boy's parents and siblings were home at the time of the shooting, and his father rushed him to Randolph Hospital, deputies said.
Deputies identified the boy's parents as Jose Palencia and Agelica Rameriez, both of Asheboro.
Charges are pending in the case, and the investigation was still ongoing as of Monday afternoon, Hill said.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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