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

Monday, July 29, 2013

8 year old California girl wounded by sawed off shotgun in her home

A sawed off shotgun fired by someone in a home wounded an 8 year old California girl. The gun belonged to her mother. From an article:
Stockton police have arrested a mother on weapons and child endangerment charges after her 8-year-old daughter was shot Thursday night.
According to Stockton Police reports, officers responded to a home on the 6800 block of Allegheny Place following a call of a person shot.  However, when officers arrived at the residence, the shooting victim, an 8-year-old girl, had been taken to a local hospital.
An ensuing investigation revealed the girl had been shot in the foot with a shotgun. Her mother was subsequently questioned, during which time she gave conflicting statements and refused to allow officers into her home, said spokesman Joe Silva.
Police were forced to get a search warrant for the home and found a sawed-off shotgun and handgun inside the property, said police.
Aurora Almaraz, 32, was taken into custody, and continued to be uncooperative with police, said Silva.
Silva said police did not initially believe the girl accidentally shot herself, but a later police report stated the shooting did appear to be the result of some type of accidental discharge. 
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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