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

Monday, February 10, 2014

14 year old Boston teen shoots brother accidentally

A 14 year old boy was playing with a gun in his house while his 9 year old brother was home from school sick. The Massachusetts boy was killed by the "accidental" gunshot injury:
A 14-year-old Mattapan youth was charged tonight with involuntary manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm following the accidental shooting death of his 9-year-old brother earlier today.
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley announced this evening the 14-year-old will be arraigned Monday in juvenile court on the two delinquency charges.
“Part of our investigation in the days to come will be determining how this weapon got into the hands of a 14-year-old,” Conley said. “In the meantime, I want to make something crystal clear: if you know about an illegal firearm in this city, help us prevent another tragedy like this one. Boston Police are doing a tremendous job of taking guns off the street, but they aren’t mind readers. They need tips and information about these weapons before they’re used.” (...) 
“At 11:37, officers received a radio call for 617 Morton Street for a person shot on arrival,” Boston police Commissioner William Evans said. “We found dead (boy) suffering from a gunshot to the chest. At that time we had a report of an individual running out of the house. On further investigation it looks like we have a terrible tragedy. We have a brother who shot his younger brother accidentally.”
Evans said the victim was shot on the second floor of the triple-decker apartment house, where a sister was also at home. The boy’s older brother was found with the gun moments after the shooting a short distance away on Walk Hill Street, he said.
“At this time we believe that the young kid panicked,” Evans said “We caught up to him, he was very remorseful and made statements that we believe — it was an accidental discharge. We believe the boy panicked. As soon as we captured him, he was very remorseful for what he did.”
At this time there is apparently some confusion as to whether the gun was legally obtained or illegal in some way.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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