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

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

3 year old North Carolina child shot by another 3 year old child

Two 3 year old children found an unsecured gun in a North Carolina home. One of them shot and injured the other. From an article:
A 3-year-old girl was taken to the hospital after apparently being accidentally shot by another 3-year-old child Tuesday afternoon, Randolph County deputies said.
The incident was reported around 12:45 p.m. at a home on Cameron Circle in Asheboro. The condition of the child wasn't immediately known.
An adult woman told deputies she was cleaning when she heard a shot fired from another room. The woman entered the other room, where children were playing, and found the girl shot.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

10 year old Arkansas boy shot by sibling

A 10 year old Arkansas boy was shot in the stomach by his sibling. From an article:
Cross County Sheriff J. R. Smith says the 10 year old was shot with a .22-caliber pistol in the stomach area at a home east of Wynne, off Hwy. 64. The child was flown to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital while his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

14 year old boy accidentally shot by hunting gun

A 14 year old Washington boy was accidentally shot in the arm when a hunting gun bumped around in a car and discharged:
 A 14-year old boy was accidentally shot on Monday while on a hunting trip with his father, according to Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.(...) 
According to Sheriff Dutton, the teen had not been hunting before. He used a magazine drop to unload the weapon. It became apparent later, however, there was still one shell in the chamber.
On the drive back to camp, the son had placed the butt of the gun on the vehicle floor and the muzzle toward the roof. They hit a bump causing the rifle to discharge.
The bullet struck the son in the right bicep, exiting the right shoulder. The bullet exited the roof of the pickup truck.

4 year old North Carolina child accidentally shoots himself

A 4 year old North Carolina boy found a gun at his home and shot and killed himself:
Fayetteville police said officers responded to 1608 Stanford Court around 10:45 a.m. in reference to a child being shot. Upon arrival, emergency responders performed life-saving techniques on Killian Perez but the he was pronounced dead at the scene.
An investigation revealed the boy located and retrieved a loaded handgun that was stored on the top of a refrigerator. Police said the child then was able to manipulate the gun and shot himself.
The father has been arrested for involuntary manslaughter.

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

1 year old child shot by father

A Colorado man has shot and killed his 1 year old child in an argument with the child's mother. From an article:
Merrick McKoy, 22, allegedly shot his daughter to death after an argument with the child's mother at her home at 7030 Stuart St., according to a news release from Westminster police.
McKoy also shot himself an unknown number of times and was taken to St. Anthony, police said. Police did not release an update on McKoy's condition.
There was a restraining order against the shooter.

Friday, November 15, 2013

6 year old Mississippi girl dies of injuries in accidental discharge

A 16 year old boy handling a gun in a home accidentally fired the gun. The bullet went through a wall and shot a 6 year old girl in the head. She has died of her injuries. From an article:
Warren County Coroner Doug Huskie says that 6-year-old Jamerica Ragsdale died at 1:36 Thursday morning. She was shot in the head Tuesday at her grandmother's home on Cooper Drive, west of Vicksburg.
There was a 16 year old in the house in an adjacent bedroom handling a 22 caliber pistol," said Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace. "The firearm discharged. The projectile went through the wall of the bedroom into the living room where the child was standing and struck the child in the head."
"Yeah it was an accident," said Nikia Ragsdale, Jamerica's uncle. "But he shouldn't been playing with guns."
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

7 month old New Orleans baby shot while sitting in car

A 7 month old baby was sitting in a car seat when an "ambush" resulted in the shooting death of the baby and his father in New Orleans. From an article:
A man and a 7-month-old boy were fatally shot in an apparent ambush on a New Orleans bridge.
Someone opened fire on the 25-year-old man Wednesday night as he rode in the back seat of a black Honda Accord on the Crescent City Connection bridge, police spokesman Frank B. Robertson III told The Associated Press.
The boy was in a car seat beside the man, Robertson said. He says a woman who was driving and another woman who was a front-seat passenger were not hurt.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

16-year-old arrested for shooting three other teens

16-year-old Anjohnito Willet, of Pittsburgh, PA, was arrested and charged with wounding three teens and shooting at a fourth near Brashear High School in Pittsburgh.

He was charged with four counts of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endagerment, and illegally possessing a firearm as a juvenile.

According to reports:
Willet was attempting to get revenge for a robbery and assault last month, said police.

Police said the shooting victims - Brashear students Andrew Umphrey, 17, DaJour Jones, 15, and Robert Minor, 17 - were suspects in an Oct. 18 assault inside the school in which Willet was the victim.

Willet "decline to prosecute," said police. "He made remarks that he would take matters in to his own account."

Two of the shooting victims were shot in the head and the third was shot in the foot less than a quarter-mile from the school. They are recovering in area hospitals.

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

9 year old Florida boy brings loaded gun on school bus

A 9 year old boy was found with a loaded gun on a school bus. From an article:
A nine-year-old boy was arrested after bringing a loaded gun on a school bus headed toward Ippolito Elementary School in Riverview.
According to investigators, around 8:15 Wednesday morning, the bus driver overheard two students talking on the bus, then witnessed one of them putting a gun into the front pocket of his pants.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Arkansas child accidentally shoots father in back in Walmart parking lot

A child climbing into a truck grabbed hold of his father's gun while getting in and shot his father in the back. From an article:
RPD Public Information Officer Drew Latch stated police responded to 2409 E. Main St. (Walmart) at approximately 11:04 a.m. Saturday. in reference to a possible shooting. Upon arrival, officers witnessed a man who had injuries to his back. After further investigation, it was determined the man had accidentally been shot by his child. While the child was attempting to enter the vehicle, the child accidentally grabbed a hold of a loaded shotgun, that had not been secured, to help pull himself into the vehicle (truck).
While grabbing the shotgun the child accidentally pulled the trigger and caused the shotgun to discharge and strike his father in the back.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Teen unintentionally shoots and killled

16-year-old Ryan Willes, of Burley, Idaho was unintentionally shot and killed over the weekend.  According to an article:
Willes was accidentally killed Saturday night when shot at a west Cassia County resident where people were cleaning their guns.

Willes was shot in the neck and passed away at the scene.

The accident occurred after the group had been out hunting earlier in the day.

The incident is under investigation.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

4 year old Missouri girl shot by man target shooting

A 4 year old girl walked into the area where a Missouri man was target shooting. The girl was shot in the head and died of her injuries. From an article:
According to Christian County Sheriff Joey Kyle, the girl had been brought to the home as a visitor. The 24-year-old man who lived in the house was outside target shooting with a .22-caliber rifle.
“The position he was shooting from — his vision was blocked to his right — and a visiting 4-year-old girl walked into the path of fire and he shot her in the head,” Kyle said.
The girl was taken to a Springfield hospital but died as a result of a single gunshot wound

Friday, November 1, 2013

15 year old Tennessee boy shot while toilet papering neighbor's house

A Tennessee man shot a 15 year old boy while he was toilet papering the home of a neighbor. From the article:
A Tennessee man is facing multiple charges after shooting a 15-year-old boy with a shotgun when he saw him using toilet paper to “roll” a neighbor’s home.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Chris Guess told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that Dale Bryant Farris had observed several teens spreading toilet paper around the yard of Huntland School Principal Ken Bishop on the night of Oct. 20.
“Some kids got out at a residence over there to roll it with toilet paper and this gentleman came out of his residence a couple of houses over and shot one of the teenagers who was rolling this other guy’s yard,” the officer explained.
“He got peppered pretty good,” Guess said. “The problem is they were not on his [Farris'] property and they were not doing anything to his property.”
According to the Times Free Press, the teen was shot “in the right foot, inner left knee, right palm, right thigh and right side of his torso above the waistline.”

Many more child shooting incidents

Since it is becoming difficult to keep up with all of the gun incidents and shootings of and by children, we will refer you to a recent post by Joe Nocera who writes a regular Gun Report in which he is keeping track of the shootings and gun incidents since the Newtown shooting last December. In this particular post, there were a lot of kid shooting incidents. Here they are from the post:
A 2-year-old girl was shot at an apartment building in Bangor, Maine, Wednesday afternoon. A neighbor believes the shooting was accidental, and that the gun went off when it hit the floor. The child’s family was home at the time.
—Bangor Daily News
Three children—ages 3, 5 and 7—were shot while sleeping in their home in Jackson, Miss., early Wednesday. Someone in a vehicle opened fire on their home just after midnight. Investigators are trying to identify the target of the shooting.
An 11-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder in southwest Atlanta, Ga., Wednesday night. His brother carried him a few houses down the street to their home, where a family member called 911. Investigators believe the child was struck as two groups of people exchanged gunfire in the street. No one is in custody.
A 13-year-old girl was wounded when a bullet came through her bedroom wall in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday afternoon. Police said a firearm accidentally discharged when her 14-year-old cousin was trying to unload it in a bathroom. Detectives are trying to identify who provided the boy with the firearm, which has not been located.
—The Tampa Tribune
A 14-year-old boy was shot in the chest and arm in the Knoxville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., Tuesday evening. The victim and several of his friends were sitting on a porch when someone came out from between two homes and began shooting. Police said the victim is not cooperating.
A 16-year-old boy was shot in the chest and critically injured and a man was shot in the back in the Sixth Ward of New Orleans, La., Wednesday night. Police haven’t announced a suspect or a motive.
A 16-year-old student at Woodrow Wilson High school in Dallas, Tex., was shot and wounded in a park near the campus Tuesday afternoon. Emilio Tovar, 19, who graduated from the school two years ago, walked into a police station and surrendered. He claimed friends on Facebook framed him.
A 16-year-old boy was shot and wounded while walking with his friends in north St. Louis, Mo., Tuesday night. Someone took out a gun and began firing at the group. The victim tried to run away but realized he had been shot in the back. An investigation is ongoing.
A teenage boy, thought to be 15 or 16, was shot at an apartment complex in Arlington, Tex., early Wednesday. Upon being shot, the victim tried to break into the front door of a nearby supermarket. He was found in the supermarket’s parking lot. No word on possible suspects.
A junior high school student shot and wounded himself in the bathroom of his school in Smithville, Tex., Wednesday morning. The school was placed on a brief lockdown.
So, if we are counting correctly, there were 12 children shot in 8 different states. Of those, one was an accident or attempted suicide. One was an accidental shooting. All of the children suffered injuries with no deaths. Thank you to Joe Nocera and his staff for compiling the data about the many shootings occurring every day in the country.

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