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

Friday, January 17, 2014

4 year old Detroit, Michigan child shoots 4 year old cousin

A four year old girl found a loaded shotgun under a bed and shot her four year old cousin. The boy died from the injuries. From the article:
A 4-year-old boy was fatally shot in Detroit on Thursday in what police said was a tragic, avoidable accident.
The shooter was the boy’s 4-year-old cousin.
Sgt. Michael Woody, a Detroit police spokesman, said the children were playing in the back bedroom of a home in the 7100 block of Tuxedo when the cousin found a rifle — loaded and not locked in a case — underneath the bed.
He said the girl pointed the gun at her cousin and pulled the trigger, shooting him in the chest. (...) 
Police Capt. Rodney Cox called the shooting a “tragic, tragic accident,” but one that was avoidable. Cox said the department stands behind responsible gun ownership, but “preliminarily, this does not appear to be responsible gun ownership.”
Woody said guns should be kept unloaded, locked in a case and out of the reach of children.
“This is an example of how we must maintain gun safety,” Cox said.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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