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

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

8-year old Iowa boy shot in head at shooting range by 5-year old sister

An 8-year old boy, David Young, was at a shooting range with his father and 5-year old sister in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  His 5-year old sister was firing a .22-caliber rifle, apparently with supervision, when David walked across the firing line.  David was shot once in the head.

From an article:
Eight-year-old David Young suffered a gunshot wound to the head Monday while taking part in target practice at the Black Hawk Park gun range. A source close to the investigation confirmed with us -- the gun was in the hands of Young's five-year-old sister....."I'll guarantee you, some of those guys who had to be there beside me last night with that little boy laying on the range, went home with a little different perspective of the importance of guns and gun safety," said [County Sheriff] Thompson.
From a follow-up article:

The boy, 8-year-old David William Young, wandered across the firing line at one of the firearm ranges at Black Hawk Park at about 5:25 p.m. while a relative was practicing with a .22-caliber rifle. 
The child was shot once in the head at close range, deputies said. 
The boy was conscious and alert after the accident, and officials first thought it was a minor injury, almost a graze, with an entrance and exit wound, said Capt. Rick Abben with the sheriff’s office. 
Later, at Covenant Medical Center, doctors discovered a lump on another part of his head and suspected the bullet fragmented, and part of the projectile went deeper than first thought, Abben said. 
Young was flown to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and taken to the Brain Trauma Unit. His condition wasn’t available. 
Abben said he doesn’t expect any charges in the incident, but the case information will be forwarded to the county attorney’s office for review, which is standard procedure.

Kids and guns don't mix, particularly with young children, even with supervision.

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

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