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

Sunday, June 16, 2013

15-year old Pennsylvania boy dies in pellet gun shooting

Tristan "Ty" Yonkin, age 15
A 15-year old boy, Tristan "Ty" Yonkin, was visiting the home of a friend in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania,
when the boys went target-shooting with a pellet gun.

They discharged the gun, and the pellet hit Ty, killing him.

From an article:

State police said Tristin “Ty” Yonkin and a friend were target shooting with a pellet gun Tuesday afternoon in western Clinton County when somehow, Yonkin was shot in the chest and died. ... 
[Neighbor Alicia] Farrington heard there was a pellet gun involved and never thought the gun could be lethal. 
“I didn’t think someone would pass away from a hit with a pellet gun.” ... 
“It’s not uncommon anymore to see pellet guns that shoot 1200, 1500, 1600 feet per second. Which a lot of people don’t realize is significantly faster than a standard velocity . 22 long rifle,” said [gun shop owner Adam] Kordes.
From another article:
Investigators say the shooting of Ty Yonkin in Clinton County on Tuesday afternoon appears to be an accident and isn't considered suspicious. An autopsy is scheduled Wednesday in State College. 
Deputy Coroner Zach Hanna says Yonkin was at a friend's home in Porter Township when the shooting happened. It wasn't immediately clear how he was shot and the death is under investigation by Pennsylvania State Police and the coroner's office. 
He was pronounced dead at Lock Haven Hospital around 3 p.m.
According to Ty's obituary:
Ty was a sophomore at Central Mountain High School. He played high school soccer and was involved in the STN Travel Team. He was also a member of the Central Mountain Track Team and the Yearbook Club.

Pellet guns aren't toys.

1 comment:

  1. I don't believe it was Ty that discharged the weapon. I believe it was his friend Drew. It was an accident, I believe. But, my child is gone.


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