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

Monday, July 29, 2013

13 year old Arizona boy shot by friend when father left gun with children

An Arizona father decided to leave a gun with his son and a friend when he left the house. His son accidentally shot his friend. From an article:
A 13-year-old boy is on life support after being shot in Wickenburg Friday night, according to a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
In an email to 3TV, Officer Christopher Hegstrom stated that the boy had been shot by a friend around 7 p.m. He was then flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital where he remains on life support.
Saturday afternoon, Sheriff Joe Arpaio told 3TV the father of the shooter had left the gun with the kids intentionally.
According to Arpaio, the father needed to do some shopping, so he left his 13-year-old son and his son’s 13-year-old friend home alone.  A ten-year-old not involved in the shooting was also left at the house.
Apparently, according to Arpaio, the dad had been worried about the family's safety so he left the gun with the kids thinking they would be able to protect themselves.
While the father was gone his son accidentally shot his friend in the head.
Although the sheriff’s office is investigating the shooting as an accident, Arpaio said criminal charges could be coming for the father.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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