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

Saturday, June 7, 2014

3 year old Missouri girl killed in accidental shooting

A 3 year old girl was shot in an accidental shooting in Missouri. From an article:
A coroner has ruled the shooting death of a 3-year-old Joplin girl was an accident.
Newton County coroner Mark Bridges says Miranda Doerr was shot by someone Monday at her home east of Joplin.
Her 6-year-old brother was in the room with her but Bridges told the Joplin Globe that he can’t say definitively who shot the girl. He says he can only rule that she did not shoot herself.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Friday, May 30, 2014

6 year old Florida boy shoots grandfather with assault rifle

A 6 year old Florida boy got his hands on an AK-47 assault type rifle that was left on a table and accidentally shot and killed his grandfather with the gun. From an article:
A man is dead after his 6-year-old grandson accidentally pulled the trigger of his uncle’s unattended rifle during a barbecue at the family’s home.
Juan Manuel Martinez Jr., the 6-year-old’s uncle, was having a barbecue with his father Juan Martinez Sr. on Sunday May 25th.
The two, along with a friend who was visiting, were drinking beer and snorting cocaine while socializing, according to the arrest affidavit.
While hanging out, Martinez Jr., 28, went to his room and retrieved an assault rifle to show to his friend.
While outside, Martinez Jr. removed the magazine, looked inside, and reinserted it into the magazine well. The family friend didn’t wish to touch the rifle, according to the affidavit, but it was then handed to his father, Martinez Sr., who then placed it on a table near the barbecue.
Martinez Sr.’s grandson then grabbed the rifle and pulled the trigger which struck the grandfather in the right side of the chest.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Monday, May 19, 2014

5 year old son of North Carolina law enforcement officer injures himself with father's gun

A 5 year old North Carolina boy found the service gun of his father and shot and injured himself. From an article:
A 5-year-old son of a deputy in North Carolina is recovering after he shot himself with his father’s service weapon over the weekend.
Anson County Sheriff’s office said that the boy found the handgun at around 1:15 on Saturday. One round struck the top of the child’s left ear, and he was taken to Levine’s Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.
His father was reportedly at home at the time of the shooting, but he was in another room.
WSOC reported that the deputy, who was identified as Josh Beam, was put on administrative leave. Bream is a 10-year veteran of the department, and lost his bid to be Anson County sheriff in the Democratic primary earlier this month.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

4 year old Indiana boy shot with gun found at home

In yet another "accidental" shooting by a toddler, this 4 year old Indiana boy managed to find a gun in his parents' bedroom and shot and killed himself with it. From an article:
A 4-year-old boy was fatally shot while holding his parents' gun at his home in Merrillville, Indiana, police said.
Police said the boy found the gun in his parents' bedroom Saturday morning in the 6400 block of Cleveland Street and brought the gun back to his room.
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The gun then went off, striking the boy in the head, Merrillville police said.
The boy, identified as Cash Irby Jr., was taken to Broadway Methodist Hospital South where he was pronounced dead, according to the Lake County Coroner's office.
"[The parents] are devastated, as can be expected," said family member Kelly White-Gibson. "The mother is really distraught."
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

16 year old Oregon boy shot to death while sitting in car

A 16 year old boy was found shot to death in a car in his driveway in an Oregon community:
Officials said the 16-year-old, Lazaro Lizandro Fuentes Burgos, was shot while he sat in a 1994 Nissan Sentra. Neighbors heard shots around 1:40 a.m., but police weren’t notified of the shooting for about an hour.
Burgos lived in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood and has no known gang ties or drug ties. The motive for this shooting is not known, officials said.
Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman, said neighbors in the 5800 block of Northeast 59th called 911 around 3 a.m. after finding the teen inside a parked vehicle suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

11 year old Oklahoma boy shoots grandmother

An 11 year old boy shot his own grandmother in a Tulsa, Oklahoma apartment:
An 11-year-old has been arrested in a shooting at a south Tulsa apartment complex near 79th Street and South Sheridan Avenue.
Police say a 50-year-old woman was shot in the back of the head around 4 p.m. Monday at Ridgemont Apartments.
Detectives told 2NEWS the woman's 11-year-old grandson was in the apartment at the time of the shooting.
Police say after the shooting, he ran out of the apartment while his grandmother was still conscious but in need of help. The victim called 911.
After questioning the boy, police arrested him on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill. 
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

9 year old New Jersey girl shot outside of grandparents' home

A 9 year old New Jersey girl was playing outside of her grandparents' home when she was shot 3 times by someone in a car. From an article:
A nine-year-old girl is hospitalized after she was shot three times in Trenton on Monday afternoon.
It happened around 3 p.m. on the 200 block of Bellevue Avenue.
Struck by gunfire playing on the sidewalk outside her grandparents’ Trenton home, a nine-year-old girl was hit three times by a spray of bullets police believe were intended for someone else.
“There were shots being fired up in the direction of the block,” says Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera, Jr. “There was a vehicle that took about nine rounds. We don’t know what role that vehicle is playing right now.”

4 year old South Carolina boy accidentally shoots himself

A 4 year old South Carolina boy found a gun in the home of his grandparents and shot himself:
Police responded to the 800 block of West Richardson Avenue about 4:30 pm after a report about a child with a gunshot wound.
Police say the child found a weapon and shot himself.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

3 year old and 14 year old Rochester, New York kids hit by "stray" bullets

Two children have been hit by bullets in a Rochester, New York neighborhood. From the article:
The 3-year-old boy who was wounded Monday appears to be an unintended victim of the two shootings that occurred Monday night on Fennimore Avenue, but the same cannot be said of the teen who was wounded, police said today.
“It appears the 14-year-old may’ve been the intended target and that the 3-year-old was struck possibly by a stray shot,” Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said.
The 3-year-old and 14-year-old, whom relatives identified as Jamal Sanders, remain in critical but stable condition at Women and Children’s Hospital. The 3-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. The 14-year-old suffered wounds of the neck, back and one leg.
They lived across the street from each other. The shooting apparently happened in a driveway.

3 year old South Carolina boy shot at his home

A 3 year old South Carolina child was shot in his home. No details yet as to the cause of the shooting. As we write so often on this blog, children gain access to unsecured guns in homes far too often.

20 guns found in home of 3 year old Arizona boy who shot himself in March

Arizona officials have released information that 20 guns were found in the Arizona home where a 3 year old toddler shot himself in the stomach. From the article:
Detectives found 20 unsecured guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition throughout the home of the family of a 3-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the abdomen March 3, according to reports released last week.
The boy, who survived the shooting, was flown to a Tucson hospital where he underwent surgery.

The case is being referred to the Pima County Attorney's Office, according to a Pima County Sheriff's detective. The boy's parents, Don and Sharina Marion, have not been arrested or charged. Don Marion is the volunteer fire chief for Elephant Head Fire Department.
The boy apparently pulled a small chair up to a counter where his mother was working on a laptop computer, saw the .32-caliber semi-automatic pistol there and shot himself, according to reports. The gun was in an ankle holster with the trigger exposed “and could easily be pulled by almost anyone,” according to a report. (...) 
Sheriff's detectives obtained a search warrant for the house in Elephant Head and found 20 guns along with boxes, cans and bags of ammunition in several rooms. The weapons included shotguns, rifles, a Ruger and a Colt .45 handgun in a holster affixed to the headboard in the master bedroom. The family owns a gun safe where several weapons were found but it was not locked, according to the report. One of the couple's four children told detectives he knew the safe was not locked; another said his father “did not remember the combination to the safe.”
Most of the weapons in the house were not loaded; several had rounds in the chamber and others had rounds in magazines, according to the report.
Sharina Marion told a detective she wasn't aware that there were unsecured guns in the home and indicated she believed the gun safe was locked. The family said the pistol in the shooting was usually kept atop a kitchen cupboard, out of reach of the couple's children, and said it must have fallen.
The Marions told detectives they taught their children, ages 3, 7, 9 and 10, firearms safety, and that they knew the guns were for protection and only to be accessed in an emergency with parental approval. They said all the children had fired guns, including the 3 year old, on a "church shoot" the day before the incident with several members of their church. The toddler pulled the trigger but did not handle the gun alone, according his parents.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Friday, May 9, 2014

15 year old California boy shot and killed

A 15 year old California teen was shot and killed near his home:
Family and friends of 15-year-old Luis Angel Zavaleta-Rios are devastated after police say he was shot and killed on the sidewalk in front of a park just one block from his home.
His father says many friends had just attended his son's 15th birthday party on Friday. And were shocked to learn of his death Thursday morning when they showed up for class at Merced Valley Community School.
About two dozen of his friends and classmates stopped by the park to leave flowers and light candles in Zavaleta's honor. They say the freshman was a good student who was passionate about construction. He also loved the sport of boxing, and was a member of a competitive club downtown.

Minnesota teen brings guns to school in plot to kill parents and students

A 17 year old Waseca, Minnesota teen brought several guns to his school in a plan to kill his parents and then students in his school.  Luckily, his parents turned him into the school authorities. From an article:
John David LaDue had it all figured out. He would kill his mother, father and sister and then create a diversion to keep first responders busy while he went to Waseca Junior/Senior High School to wreak havoc.
There, the 17-year-old planned to set off pressure-cooker bombs full of nails and metal ball bearings in the cafeteria. Students who weren’t maimed or killed would be gunned down in the halls, he told police.
After his arrest Tuesday, the high school junior said he intended to kill “as many students as he could,” before he was killed by the SWAT team, according to charging documents filed in Waseca County District Court.
LaDue was charged Thursday with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree damage to property and six counts of possession of a bomb by someone under 18. Police found seven firearms and at least six completed bombs in his bedroom and in the storage unit where he was arrested.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

5 year old Minnesota boy brings gun to school

A Benson, Minnesota kindergarten student brought a gun to school:
A kindergartner brought a gun to school in Swift County Tuesday morning, and authorities are investigating now to find out how such a thing could have happened.
No one was hurt in the incident at Northside Elementary school and everyone -- from the other students to teachers to law enforcement -- acted quickly to get the gun away from the young child.
Around 8 a.m., students alerted a teacher that the child, who police say is about 5 years old, had brought a weapon into the school building. The teacher quickly confiscated the gun.
Benson Police Chief Ian Hodge said there is no reason to believe that the kindergartner intended to cause any harm, although police are withholding details -- including where the gun came from and whether it was loaded -- while the investigation is ongoing.
"The child has no intent to harm anyone," Hodge said.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

3 year old Wisconsin toddler shoots self with mother's gun

Unfortunately there has been another toddler shooting. A Milwaukee, Wisconsin 3 year old found a gun in his mother's car and shot himself. From an article:
Three-year-old Kevin Donald shot himself with a gun while playing in his mother's car. Police say the toddler found the gun hidden in the glove compartment. The family tells us the boy is still being treated at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Doctors are waiting for the swelling of the head to go down before doing surgery. Now the family is focusing on why a gun was being kept in that car.
Donald's grandmother and aunt both say this could have been prevented. The boy's mother is saying she kept the gun inside the car for protection purposes. Brittany Petersink, the boy''s aunt, told our Sandra Torres, "This is Milwaukee. This is the ghetto...anywhere you go there's someone trying to take something from you."
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

7-year-old unintentionally killed by brother

7-year-old Jaylin Miller, of Ligonier, Indiana was unintentionally shot and killed by his brother on Saturday.  According to reports:

Jaylin and his brother were out in the yard with a firearm, attempting to kill ground moles when the firearm was unintentionally discharged by his brother. Jaylin was struck by a single gun shot and died at the scene.

Police are investigating the incident and have not released any more details at this time.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Utah toddler shot and killed with rifle left in home

The writers of the Kid Shootings blog have been unable to keep up with the number of kid shootings of late. We do refer you to The Gun Report, a regular compiling of actual shooting incidents published several times per week in the New York Times. Unfortunately every one of these reports starts out with the shootings of and by children, some as young as toddlers.

That said, we report today on yet another shooting of a toddler with a loaded gun left around in a home where he could get his hands on it. In Utah, a three year old accidentally shot and killed her two year old brother. From the article:
A 2-year-old Cache County boy died late Friday, hours after his sister shot him.
Authorities said the shooting happened about 6:40 p.m. at a home near 3600 West and 2200 South, in an unincorporated part of the county. The boy’s 3-year-old sister shot him with a .22-caliber rifle that had been left in the living room, the sheriff’s office said.
Cache County sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said the gun had been used earlier in the day by the children’s father, who set it down after returning home. The firearm was unloaded but did have live rounds in the magazine, he said.
"We believe the 3-year-old had to manipulate the action enough to chamber a live round," Peterson said in a news release.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2 year old Pennsylvania toddler kills 11 year old sister

A 2 year old toddler has killed his sister with a gun left unsecured in a home. From an article:
Jamara Stevens, 11, was shot and killed in Philadelphia over the weekend by her 2-year-old brother.
Police say the gun was left in the house by their mother’s boyfriend, and on Saturday morning, one of the three Stevens’ children discovered the .357-caliber handgun on top of the refrigerator and brought it upstairs.
The toddler found it, pointed the loaded and cocked gun at Jamara and fired the weapon.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

6 year old Indiana boy shoots 13 year old sibling with M-4 belonging to his father

In a senseless shooting a 6 year old Indiana boy got hold of his father's M-4 assault rifle and shot and killed his 13 year old brother. From an article:
Felony charges have been filed against a local man in the accidental shooting that killed a Greensburg teen.
Jason L. Forshee, 34, was arrested and charged Friday with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a Class A felony, and dangerous control of a child, a Class C felony.
Craig A. Roberts, 13, was accidentally shot at his home on North Carver Street on the afternoon of March 11 when a sibling picked up an M4 assault rifle that authorities allege Forshee had left unattended. The sibling pointed the rifle at Craig in the living room of the home. The weapon discharged, and a bullet struck the teen in the chest. Craig died at Decatur County Memorial Hospital that evening.
Court documents state that Forshee told police he was cleaning the weapon and had removed the magazine. He was unaware a bullet was in the chamber. Forshee left the room briefly to talk to Craig's mom, Amy Roberts. While out of the room, a 6-year-old picked up the weapon and accidentally fired it.
Forshee said he heard a “pop” while he was out of the room. Seeing Craig had been shot, Forshee applied pressure to the boy’s wound while the mother called 911.
Forshee told police he could not explain how the bullet was in the chamber. He was out of the room approximately 10 to 15 seconds, he said.
A short time before the shooting, Forshee had shown the rifle to a plumber at the home. The 6-year-old asked to see the weapon, and Forshee handed him the gun, according to court documents.
A child visiting the home shared by Amy Roberts, Jason Forshee, Craig and his two siblings March 11 told police that the 6-year-old had pointed the same rifle at her and another child through a laundry room window that day.
Interviews with a child and Craig's mother indicated Forshee had previously let the 6-year-old hold the weapon.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

16 year old Tennessee boy shot in head accidentally by friend

Two Tennessee teens were playing "army" when one of the teens shot the other in the head:
A teen told police he accidentally shot his friend while they were “playing army” in his home in Knoxville.
Kenneith Lampkin, 16, of the North Side died at 12:55 a.m. Monday in UPMC Mercy, where he was taken after the shooting that police say occurred at 5:29 p.m. Saturday in a home on Zara Street, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.
Joseph Robinson Jr., 16, was arrested on Sunday on charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and firearms violations. Robinson, charged as an adult, told police “he accidentally shot the victim while pointing a gun at him and having his finger on the trigger,” the criminal complaint states.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Connecticut teen and half brother shot near a school

One boy is dead and his half brother is injured in a shooting outside of a school in Hamden, Connecticut. From an article:
Two teens were shot, one killed, shortly before 9 p.m. Monday near Butler and Lilac streets, police spokesman Officer David Hartman said.
Police say officers were dispatched to the area at 8:56 p.m. and the male victims were found on a sidewalk adjacent to Lincoln Basset Elementary School. The two were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where one older teen was pronounced dead at 9:28 p.m.
Sources have identified the homicide victim as Taijhon Washington, 17. The injured victim has been identified as a 16-year-old, also of Hamden. He was listed in critical condition early today.
Hamden Public Schools interim Superintendent of Schools Christopher Melillo said grief counselors have been providing services at Hamden High School and Hamden Middle School. Counselors have been sent to the middle school, Melillo said, because students there once knew the victims.
“We’re very sad about this,” Melillo said. “It does impact everyone in the community, We’re here to support the family in their time of grief and support all of the students and staff who were impacted.”
Mellio said Washington and the injured victim were half-brothers. He said though Washington was not a current student of Hamden High School, a great numbers of staff and students knew him.
“A lot of sadness right now at the school,” he said.

14 year old California boy injured by stray bullet while walking home from school

A 14 year old boy was injured by a stray bullet apparently meant for someone else as he walked home from school in Antioch, California:
An Antioch teenager, walking home from school, was wounded in a spray of gunfire Monday afternoon. The 14-year-old boy was on the 1400 block of Sycamore Street, a few blocks from his house, when a bullet struck him in the lower arm.
"Everybody scattered when they heard the shots, everybody scattered," witness Dovie Brown told KTVU.
She heard four shots and came out of her house, to see the boy running in a panic, apparently trying to get home.
Brown and others sat him down on a grassy front yard, as police and paramedics were called.
"He kept saying, 'I'm okay, I'm okay," she recalled, the boy calm as blood ran down his arm.
"I got a towel to wrap it in, " added Brown, "and someone called his mother, and she came running down, and she was really messed-up, I thought she was going to faint, so I tried to comfort her."
"It is an area known for some violence," Antioch Police Lieutenant John Vanderklugt told KTVU.
Witnesses told investigators the bullets came from a man walking on the same side of the street as the victim, who started shooting his handgun at a small, dark, compact car that sped away.
"Our victim was in between the suspect and the vehicle, and that's how our victim was injured," explained Vanderklugt.

6 year old Florida girl injured in attempt to shoot her mother

A Florida girl with spina bifada was injured in an attempt to shoot her mother. From an article:
A felon with a gun shot into a car with children early Monday, police say.
James Brookins' bullet pierced his 23-year-old target, according to Tampa police. Then it grazed the arm of Zakayla Newsome, a 6-year-old with spina bifida.
Brookins' 5-month-old son was nearby, in the back seat.
"You don't have any respect for the law. You don't have any respect for life," Zakayla's grandmother, Zhelma Washington, 45, said later. "Your son could have been killed."
Zakayla, who has undergone about two dozen surgeries in her young life, was back in the hospital Monday.

7 year old South Dakota boy shot by brother

Yet another shooting of a child by a sibling- this time in South Dakota. From the article:
 7-year-old boy died Tuesday after he was accidentally shot by his 9-year-old brother at a home in Freeman in southeastern South Dakota.
According to Hutchinson County State’s Attorney Glenn Roth, the 9-year-old was interviewed by investigators with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation after the shooting.
Roth said the 9-year-old told investigators that he and his 7-year-old brother were playing with a handgun when he pulled the trigger, thinking the gun was not loaded, and unintentionally shot the 7-year-old.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

8-year-old shoots his 9-year-old cousin

An 8-year-old boy and his 9-year-old cousin were riding in the back seat of a car in Richfield, Utah. According to reports:

The boy accidentally shot the girl with a .45-caliber handgun.
The bullet "entered and exited the victim, and then exited the vehicle. At this time the victim is expected to be fine and is in stable condition," according to police.

Police have not released any other information, including how the boy got hold of the gun.

14-year-old hit by stray bullet while looking out his window

14-year-old Victor Wilson was looking out the window of his home in Coatesville, Pennsylvania when he was hit by a stray bullet.  According to news reports:

"We have a report of a number of males in the parking lot area and shots were ringing out," said police.
The teen walked to the window when he heard shots and was hit in the stomach.

He was rushed to the hospital where he is listed in stable condition.
Police are still investigating the incident.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Oklahoma 2 year old shoots himself at home

Another toddler has gotten his hands on a gun at his Oklahoma home and shot himself. From an article:
A Broken Arrow toddler has died after an accidental shooting Tuesday night.
Officers responded just before 9 p.m. to a home near 41st and 209th East Avenue for what investigators say was the "accidental discharge" of a handgun.
Upon arrival, police found a 2-year-old boy who had shot himself.
The toddler was transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound in the upper torso.
Broken Arrow Cpl. Leon Calhoun tells 2NEWS the boy did not survive his injuries.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

3 year old Texas toddler allegedly shot by 8 year old

Another toddler has been allegedly shot by a child with a loaded gun at a Texas home:
A 3-year-old Navarro County boy was shot to death Monday and authorities say an 8-year-old may have fired the deadly blast from a 20-gauge shotgun.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Friday, March 7, 2014

5 year old California boy shoots and kills himself

And yet another young child has found a loaded gun at home and shot and killed himself. This incident happened in California:
A 5-year-old boy who found a gun in his home appears to have accidentally shot and killed himself, a source within the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday on the condition of anonymity.
The incident happened at 5:21 p.m. Tuesday in the 31000 block of Wolfskill Avenue in the rural Nuevo area of Riverside County, officials said.
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"In this area, when something like this happens, it impacts the entire community," one Nuevo resident said of the tight-knit area.
Detectives and forensics investigators spent nearly a full 24 hours in rural Riverside County trying to determind whether any foul play or negligence was involved in his death.
The boy's grandfather was in the home at the time of the shooting and was being questioned Wednesday afternoon, but a Riverside County sheriff's official told NBC4 Wednesday morning the boy appears to have accidentally shot himself in the home. (...)  
"How could they have guns knowing that they have kids, and you know, these kids get into everything," Laura said.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

5 year old Oklahoma boy shoots himself and his father at Bass Pro shop

A 5 year old boy found his father's gun in a dressing room at the Bass Pro shop in Bricktown, Oklahoma and shot himself and his father. From an article:
Police told KOCO 5 the father and son were in Oklahoma City from their home near Amarillo, Texas, for the Jason Aldean concert. The little boy was playing in the store when he got a hold of his dad's gun.
According to Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow with the Oklahoma City Police Department, “Father and son were in the dressing room together. The son, who was 5- years-old, was apparently playing with dad's cellphone which was sitting there in the dressing room.”
Also in the dressing room and within the boy's reach was a loaded handgun.
"The dad had a concealed carry permit. He had taken his gun off, set it down," Wardlow said.
That's when, according to police, the boy grabbed the gun shooting himself in the hand and his dad in the leg. Both victims were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

3 year old Arizona boy finds gun and shoots himself

An Arizona toddler found a gun at home and shot himself with it:
A 3-year-old boy is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the lower torso on Monday afternoon.
Pima County Sheriff's Deputies are continuing to investigate how the toddler got his hands on a loaded weapon in his own home.
Deputies responded to the shooting in the 26000 block of South Monarch Way in Amado just after 12:30 p.m. A helicopter medivacked the toddler to the UAMC Trauma Center.  
"The surgery ended and the 3-year-old child is expected to live and is in stable condition," Deputy Tracy Suitt said.
"This outcome could have been a lot worse," said neighbor Edward Orozco, who was working on his roof at the time of the shooting. (...) 
Most of the neighbors in the rural area of Amado known as Elephant Head own guns, Orozco said. 
"And what do you do to make sure this wouldn't happen to your children?" 9 On Your Side asked Orozco. 
"Everyday I put my gun -- I have a lock -- a safe, I put my gun away," Orozco said.
Keeping guns locked in a safe location is the safety message echoed by the Sheriff's Department.
"We all know that young children are very inquisitive and if they see a weapon they're going to think it is possibly a toy and then there may be an accident like we had today," Suitt said.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

A 2 year old Florida boy injured by stray bullet

Another toddler has been injured by gun fire. This Florida 2 year old was being held by his grandpa outside of his home when a stray bullet hit him. From an article:
On Sunday at about 4:30 a.m. the grandfather of the boy, Dreden Davis – who family members identified by his nickname, Shabba – was carrying the toddler outside his house on 75th Street, trying to get Shabba to go back to sleep.
Somebody pulled up and opened fire. Shabba was hit on the top of his head. His father Andre Davis, who was sitting inside his vehicle, was grazed, police said.
“Anybody that can open fire when there’s a baby around, they don't have no remorse, they don't have a heart at all, and I just want him brought to justice, that's all,” said his grandmother, Truda Hanna.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

5 year old Oregon boy injured with father's black powder pistol

A 5 year old Oregon boy was shot in the stomach when his father's replica powder gun discharged. From an article:
Investigators say the boy found his father’s black powder pistol in an unsecured cabinet in the home while his father was asleep. His 8-year-old sister tried to take the gun away from him and it discharged, striking the boy.
The child’s father is a convicted felon and is not allowed to be in possession of a firearm. Medford Police arrested 46-year-old Brian Green for assault, reckless endangerment, and felon in possession of a firearm. His bail is set at $14,000 at the Jackson County Jail.
Police say the black powder pistol is considered a firearm because it is a replica and not an original antique pistol. “This is not an antique firearm. This is a modern reproduction of a cap and ball revolver,” said Sergeant Darrell Graham with Medford Police.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Friday, February 28, 2014

5 year old Chicago area boy shot in domestic shooting

A domestic shooting rampage took the life of a 5 year old Illinois boy on his birthday, along with 3 members of his family:
Matthew Meier was celebrating his 5th birthday by spending the night with his grandparents John and Janice Conta in Oak Lawn. What happened next authorities can't explain.
Sometime overnight, Matthew's uncle John Conta Jr. shot all three dead. He also poured gasoline in the basement and lit it, according to police and fire officials.
Autopsies conducted today determined that all of the people died from shotgun wounds. After shooting his family members, Conta Jr. committed suicide by shooting himself in the face, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. 
One of the first firefighters on the scene Wednesday morning entered the garage of the home in the 9800 block of South 51st Avenue as Conta Jr. pulled the trigger of a shotgun and killed himself too, police said. 
“What made him go into this rampage, I don’t know if we’ll ever know that,” said Oak Lawn Police Division Chief Michael Kaufmann. 
Conta Jr. had spent about a year working as a potato farmer in Russia before moving back with his parents a few months, police said. 
“When he came back, he seemed a little different,” Kaufmann said. “His mental state may have changed.”

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Florida Middle school boy shoots himself accidentally

A middle school child in Florida accidentally shot himself and then said someone else had shot him. From the article:
Deputies trying to find the person who shot a 15-year-old boy Tuesday in Pine Hills didn't have to go far: He shot himself by accident, then lied about it, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.
Calls reporting the shooting gave different addresses on Silver Star Road, so it took deputies about 15 minutes to find the boy, sheriff's spokeswoman Jane Watrel said.
Then they searched for a shooter until the truth came out.
The shooting happened in the J-Mart parking lot at the corner of Hiawassee and Silver Star roads. It was reported about 3:20 p.m.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

5 month old North Carolina baby shot while sitting in car seat

A North Carolina man accidentally shot a 5 month old baby while she was sitting in her car seat on a porch. From an article:
Police say it appears that Arin Tavon Futrell of Durham shot the gun accidentally, firing one bullet that hit the girl in a hand and a leg. The girl was in a car seat on the porch when she was hit, said police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.
She was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, Michael said.
Futrell, 21, was charged with felony negligent child abuse resulting in bodily injury. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants alleging attempted breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering.
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/19/3635952/police-5-month-old-wounded-by.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

9 year old Arkansas boy found dead of gunshot injury

A 9 year old Arkansas boy was squirrel hunting with his family when he disappeared into the woods with a .22 rifle. From an article:
According to the Union County Sheriff's Office, Hank Bollen, 9, was found around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after an extended all night search. Hank's body was found about 200 yards away from his family's deer camp and authorities say he did have an unintended self-inflicted gunshot wound. 
Hank went missing around 11:00 a.m. Monday while he was squirrel hunting with relatives in the heavily wooded area south of U.S. 82 in the Braswell Corner-Shuler Road area near Marysville. 
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Monday, February 17, 2014

3 year old shot in Florida

Another small child has been shot in what seems to be an accidental shooting. From an article:
Authorities said a 3-year-old Lake Worth girl died Thursday after what appears to be an accidental shooting.
Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials said Zuri Chambers was shot with an unsecured weapon. She and her father were the only two people in the house. Zuri was flown to Delray Medical Center, where she died Thursday night.
This case is under investigation.

Monday, February 10, 2014

15 year old Alaska boy injured while walking home from rabbit hunt

An Alaska teen was shot in the leg while walking home from a rabbit hunt. From an article:
An Alakanuk teenager was shot in the leg while walking home from a rabbit hunt Thursday, and troopers say they have no idea who fired at him, or why.
The 15-year-old was walking alone near the Yukon River at about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday when he was shot in the left calf, the Alaska State Troopers said in an online dispatch.
The wound appeared to be from a .22-caliber firearm, troopers said.
Troopers at an outpost St. Mary's weren't notified until 11 a.m. the next day, according to the dispatch.

Alabama man accidentally shoots 6 year old son

A 6 year old Alabama boy was injured when his father accidentally shot him in the face:
According to Huntsville Police Department, the victim's father accidentally shot the child while he was trying to unload his pistol.
The child was hit above his left collarbone.
Medical personnel attended to the child's injuries and determined they were not life-threatening.

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.

Friday, February 7, 2014

17-year old Rhode Island boy shot and killed from outside his home

A 17-year old boy was in his home in Providence, Rhode Island, when a bullet entered his home from outside, killing him.  Police don't think it was a stray bullet.

From an article:
Providence police say they're looking for suspects in the killing of a 17-year-old boy who was shot inside a home when gunfire apparently came through a window. 
Authorities say the teen was shot at about 9 p.m. Tuesday in a home on Colfax Street. Police say he was in the kitchen when someone opened fire outside. 
Major David Lapatin says investigators do not believe this was a case of stray bullets. They believe the home was targeted. 
The victim's name hasn't been released. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where police say he was pronounced dead at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. 
Two men reportedly were seen running from the scene.

16-year old North Carolina girl implicated in shooting

Shooter Dominique Olivia Gibbs, age 16 (source)
18-year old Raequan Dupree Rouse was found shot to death in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Police have now arrested 16-year old Dominique Olivia Gibbs for the shooting, which was apparently gang-related.

From an article:
Rouse was shot in the 600 block of North 10th Street in an act of violence Wilmington Police Department Chief Ralph Evangelous said "clearly was a gang issue." 
A bystander who witnessed the shooting and called 911 said about 15 shots were exchanged. 
The 18-year-old arrived at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in a private vehicle and was pronounced dead a short time later. 
Rouse had been shot 12 times, according to the 911 recording. 
When police officers arrived on the scene, according to the 911 records, they found shell casings in front of 605 S. 10th St. and a blood trail "all the way down the sidewalk and around the corner" of Campbell Street.
The article does not say how Dominique got her gun or ammo.

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

One teen killed and three others injured in Chicago shooting

17-year old Markeyo Carr (source)
In what may have been a gang-related shooting, a masked gunman opened fire at a McDonald's
parking lot in the Roger's Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

When the shooting had ended, a 17-year old boy, Markeyo Carr, was shot in the head an killed, a 15-year old girl was shot several times and wounded, and two 18-year old young men were wounded, one in the arm and one in the lower back.

The shooter got away.

From an article:
A short time after dozens of witnesses reported hearing at least six gunshots, the teen lay dead, a sheet covering his body as his mother moaned in grief outside yellow police tape in the 6700 block of North Clark. 
Markeyo Carr, of the 6500 block of North Ashland, was dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. 
The victims had been in a verbal altercation with another group of people shortly before the masked gunman approached around 3:40 p.m., said Chicago Police Officer Veejay Zala, citing preliminary information. Then the shooter ran off, Zala said. 
A girl, who police said was about 15, was shot several times, and an 18-year-old man, who was shot in the lower back, were taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston. Another 18-year-old man, who was shot in the arm, was treated at Weiss Memorial Hospital. 
“Two of the male victims have documented gang affiliations,” Zala said. 
Juanita Carr-Clay said her nephew, Markeyo, loved to rap. 
“He made little videos at home on his own,” she said. “He was very talented. He rapped about everyday life, reality.” 
She said Markeyo, who attended a nearby high school, had just come from his mother’s house around the corner. “She’d given him a few dollars to get something to eat.” 
Faye McCoy, a retired nurse, was in a storefront across the street when she heard the gunshots. The gunfire ceased, and while rushing to see if she could help, McCoy walked right past the masked gunman. “I didn’t see his face,” she said. 
McCoy, who has lived in the area for more than 13 years, broke down when she saw the slain teen with a bullet wound in the side of his head. “I recognized his face,” said McCoy, who knew Markeyo from working with local youth groups to prevent violence. 
“There was no help for him, he was shot in the temple it looked like, he took his last breath with me standing there . . . Blood was everywhere.” 
McCoy said she didn’t think Markeyo was in a gang, and she lamented the needless death. 
“I have great-grandkids, and it would hurt my heart to see one of them laying out here like that.”

13-year old Washington boy unintentionally shot and killed with unsecured shotgun

Eddie Zee, age 13 (source)
Four teen boys were playing unsupervised in a home in Puyallup, Washington, when one of them
brought out a loaded, unsecured shotgun.  When one of the boys grabbed the gun, he discharged it, hitting 13-year old Eddie Zee.  Eddie soon died from his wound.

From an article:
Police say the shooting happened when four young boys were playing in a residence after school without adult supervision. The boy who lived there pulled out a shotgun and displayed it to the others. A second grabbed the gun and it discharged, hitting the victim. 
Captain Scott Engle says the juveniles immediately called for help and medics and police were called to the scene. They found the teen suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the chest. One of the other young men was performing CPR when they arrived. 
The victim died at Tacoma General Hospital. 
"Everybody all the way around is extremely upset. It's a very traumatic incident for everyone involved. Just an extreme tragedy for essentially four boys that were hanging out together," Engle says. 
The shooting in the 500 block of 11th Street Southeast is being treated as accidental and the investigation continues. Any potential charges will be determined by the Pierce County Prosecutor.
The article also had a statement from the family.

The article didn't indicate who the gun belonged to or if they would be charged.

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

15-year old Michigan boy shot to death

From an article from Detroit, Michigan:
The Detroit Police Department has identified the young man found shot in a vehicle in the 900 block of Glynn Ct. 
7 Action News has confirmed his name is Amir Irvin and that he had just turned 15 years old.

Amir was found shot in the head and slumped over the wheel of an SUV near the Boston-Edison district last Saturday.

He's hospitalized in a coma at Henry Ford Hospital.
Sources tell 7 Action News the shooting happened in the same block as a known drug house, but police say the victim did not have drugs on him or in his car.
Police are looking for a cream-colored Lexus that may be connected to the shooting. 

15-year old Chicago boy shot to death by gang members

A 15-year old boy, Miguel Navarrette, was standing beside a car with his family in it, when an SUV drove up.  The men in the car shouted a gang slogan to him, and when Miguel asked "What?" in response, the men opened fire with a shotgun three times, killing the boy, before driving off and hitting a pedestrian with their SUV.

The two men, Martin Miranda and Andres Guerra, both 19, were eventually captured and charged.

From an article:
Navarette was standing outside a car parked on 30th street near Kedvale Avenue, with two adults and their children in it, when an SUV driven by Guerra drove up, said Steve Campbell, a spokesman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. 
Miranda, who was in a rear seat of the SUV on the passenger side, lowered the window and shouted “2-6,” a slogan for the 2-6 street gang, prosecutors said. 
Navarette responded, “What?” Miranda opened the car door and shot Navarette once with a sawed-off shotgun, prosecutors said. Miranda pumped the shotgun and pointed it at the people in the car, then turned back to Navarette, who was lying on the ground, and shot him twice more.

3-year old South Carolina boy shoots himself to death with pink handgun he thought was a toy

Temorej Smith, age 3, and a comparable handgun
Three-year old Temorej Smith was in a home in Greenville, South Carolina, with his 7-year old
sister when they found a loaded, unsecured handgun in the bedroom.  Thinking it was a toy, he handled it, then fatally shot himself in the head.

His grandparents were in the next room at the time.

From an article and news article:
On Monday, police said the child and his 7-year-old sister were playing with a pink handgun, they thought was a toy, when the shooting happened. 
Fowler said that the child was in the bedroom and his grandparents were in the living room when the gun went off. 
Fowler said the child's parents were not in the home. 
According to Johnathan Bragg of the Greenville Police Department, when officers arrived at the apartment just before 8 p.m. Friday, they found the young child that had been shot. 
"If you have guns, if you own guns mostly we would prefer you have them in a lock box," Bragg said. "At least have them out of the reach of children." 
Bragg told News 4 no one was in custody and that the investigation is ongoing. Police have yet to say who fired the weapon.
Guns are lethal weapons.  They shouldn't be "cute" colors.

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

17 month old North Carolina child shot at home by 3 year old sibling

A 3 year old North Carolina child climbed onto a dresser and found a gun, then accidentally shooting his 17 month old sister.  From the article:
 A 17-month-old girl is in the hospital and is expected to be OK after she was shot by her 3-year-old brother with their father's gun.
The father, Justin Carper, writes a parenting column for a local newspaper.
Police have not arrested or charged Carper with any crimes as of Thursday night.
Carper is a contributing writer for the Shelby Star. He's not a paid employee but he does write a parenting column.
The 17-month-old girl was shot in Patterson Springs, according to an investigator with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department.
The child is expected to survive.
The shooting occurred on Jenny Drive on Thursday morning. 
The family was doing renovations inside the home and the 9 mm gun was on a dresser.
The little boy climbed the dresser, got the gun and shot his sister.
The bullet did not hit any bones or major organs.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

17-year old Florida girl shot and killed by mother in murder/suicide

Chetana Guduru, age 17 (source)
A 17-year old girl, Chetana Guduru, was shot twice and killed by her mother, Sujatha Guduru, in their Oviedo, Florida home.  The mother then turned the gun on herself, hitting herself in the chest.  She later recovered, however, and was charged for the murder.

From an article:
Guduru told authorities she shot her daughter, Chetana Guduru, a Seminole High School senior, at least twice in a botched murder-suicide at their Oviedo home on Jan. 27. 
Guduru said she feared that no one would care for her daughter after she committed suicide, police told the Orlando Sentinel. 
Guduru’s attorney, Brian Bieber of Miami, said Jan. 31 that Guduru has been mentally ill for most of the last 20 years and may plead insanity. ... 
Alarmed by [an] e-mail, her brother got to the house about 7:20 a.m. and found them both still alive, according to police. 
Guduru's daughter died a short time later at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Her mother told police she had shot her daughter twice, reported the newspaper. .... 
 Bieber hinted that because of her mental health history, Guduru should not have been able to purchase the .38-caliber revolver, the gun she used, at a local gun shop six days before the shooting. 
But gun restrictions only prohibit ownership of two very narrow groups of mental health sufferers: those who have been committed to a mental institution and those found by a judge or government agency to be a danger to themselves or others. 
Guduru was a single mother who lived in her home with her daughter and mother — Chetana's grandmother — who was at home when the shootings took place but was asleep, police reported.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

10 year old North Carolina boy dead of self inflicted gunshot injury

A 10 year old in North Carolina died from a self inflicted gunshot wound. From an article:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a 10-year-old boy who attended Providence Day School died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday morning.
The shooting happened Wednesday morning at a home in the 4600 block of Connecting Road near South Boulevard in Charlotte.
A CMPD source told NBC Charlotte that the father and 12-year-old sister were at home during the time of the shooting. The father was in the shower during the shooting. 
The boy shot himself in the head, according to the source.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Monday, January 20, 2014

5 year old Illinois boy in critical condition from gunshot wound

A 5 year old Danville, Illinois boy is in critical condition in a hospital with gunshot injuries. The boy was allegedly shot by another child. From the article:
Danville police are investigating an incident that sent a 5-year-old boy to the hospital with a gunshot wound.
Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said Sunday that police were called to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center emergency room about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
“The child was taken to the ER by private vehicle,” he said.  “Hospital staff alerted police.  The 5-year-old had a gunshot to the upper body.”
“According to early investigation the incident took place in an apartment in the Belton Street area,” Thomason said. “It appears that another juvenile male, 10 years of age, was with the 5-year-old and a loaded weapon was being played with.”
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

15-year old New York student brings rifle to class; stopped by teacher

A 15-year old student came to his school, Indian River High School, in Philadelphia, New York, armed with a loaded rifle.

Just as he was pulling it out of a case, though, an observant teacher, Bob Kuba, stopped him, taking the boy in one hand and the gun in another.  The boy offered no resistance as the school went into lockdown.

No motive was released, but the boy had a plan.

From an article:
On Wednesday afternoon, a 15-year-old student brought a very large object covered in a blanket into Kuba's earth science class at Indian River High School in northern New York and said he wanted to show them a science experiment. When the class was coming to a close, the student removed the blanket, revealing a gun case with a rifle inside. 
Kuba reacted in a flash. 
"When he opened the case, I grabbed the rifle before he could," Kuba told The Associated Press on Thursday. "He offered no resistance at all. I had the gun in one hand and him in the other." 
The school went into lockdown. 
"The class actually was surprised, but at no time did I ever feel threatened, and neither did the class," Kuba said. "You don't know what's going to happen, but it worked out fine." 
Jefferson County Sheriff John Burns told the AP that the student had "a very detailed plan," but the sheriff wouldn't reveal what it was. 
Officials credited Kuba for stopping a potential shooting at the high school in the town of Philadelphia, 140 miles northwest of Albany. 
"He's an absolutely outstanding professional," school Superintendent James Kettrick said. "His actions were decisive and contributed greatly to averting what could have been a tragedy." 
The student was taken into custody. Police aren't releasing his name and said he hadn't been charged as of Thursday morning.
The article didn't say how the boy got his gun.

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

11-year old Pennsylvania girl shot by father who banged his rifle on the ground during argument

36-year-old Thomas Furin was in his home in Derry Township, Pennsylvania, arguing with his girlfriend over an affair he was having, so he loaded his rifle and threatened her with it.  He then banged the butt of the rifle on the floor.  

The rifle discharged, sending a round through the ceiling and into the foot and leg of his 11- or 12-year old daughter in the room above.  The girl underwent surgery.

It happened the day before Christmas eve.

From an article:
According to the police, Furin grabbed a rifle, loaded it then threatened to harm himself if his girlfriend called the police. He then sat on the couch and banged the rifle on the ground, according to investigators. 
That’s when the rifle  sent a round into the air, through the ceiling and into the foot and leg of his daughter, who was watching television while sitting on the floor of a bedroom. 
Neighbor Georgia Chisolm said, “I could hear Erica screaming her head off, so I ran across the street. They said she was in the bedroom with her sister watching TV with her boyfriend, and they just heard screaming. When we went up there, she was more or less in shock.” 
The 11  year-old girl was airlifted to UPMC Children’s Hospital, where she underwent surgery on Monday morning and she will likely remain there for several days. 
According to the police, the victim is 11-years-old, however, neighbors say she just celebrated her 12th birthday. 
Chisolm said, “Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and this all has to happen. It’s horrible. I was up all night; I can’t sleep.”

Another Utah Police officer shoots and kills family including 5-year old and 7-year old, then self

Kelly and Joshua Boren, ages 5 and 7 (source)
A Utah police officer, Joshua Boren, failed to show up at work, so his coworkers went to his home to investigate, in Spanish Fork, Utah.  They discovered him and four of his family shot to death in the home, apparently at his own hand.

He had killed his wife, Kelly Boren, his 7-year old son Joshua, his 5-year old daughter, Haley, and his 55-year old mother-in-law Marie King, before killing himself.

From an article, which has many other images and details:
Police said the five were found dead about 11pm when co-workers became concerned that Boren didn't show up for his night shift as a patrol officer at the Lindon Police Department. 
Officers who looked through the window saw blood on the carpet and shell casings in the front room of the two-story home, police said.  
After officers entered the home, they discovered 'a large quantity of blood on the stairway leading to the second floor of the residence,' police told KSL 
After officers entered the home, they discovered "a large quantity of blood on the stairway leading to the second floor of the residence."  
After officers entered the home, they discovered "a large quantity of blood on the stairway leading to the second floor of the residence."  
When they went inside, they found Boren's 55-year-old mother-in-law Marie King dead in a bedroom, and Joshua Boren and his immediate family dead in the bedroom next door.

5-year old Nebraska girl shot to death during drive-by stray bullet

5-year old Payton Benson (source)
A 5-year old girl, Payton Benson, was sitting down to eat breakfast in her home in Omaha,
Nebraska.  A block away, someone in a car with three people opened fire with a handgun and a high-powered rifle.  One of those shots entered Payton's home and hit her.  She died from her wounds.

The family car also had its tires flattened, preventing Payton's mother from driving her to the hospital.

Most likely it was gang-related.  The girl had recently moved from Chicago to get away from gun violence.

From an article, which also has video and images of the shooters and their car:
A 5-year-old Omaha girl was gunned down as she ate breakfast inside her home Wednesday - felled by a stray bullet during a drive-by shooting. 
Cops responded to reports of a hail of gunfire near 45th and Emmett Sts. around 9:45 a.m. to find little Payton Benson critically wounded, police said in a statement. 
The girl later died at a hospital. 
The fatal bullet was fired from more than a city block away, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Wednesday evening at a press conference. The area has recently been rife with gang violence and shootings. 
The little girl was the city's first homicide victim of the year, he said. 
"No one inside Payton's house or anyone associated with the house was the intended target," Schmaderer said. .... 
Little Payton, who’d moved with her mother from crime-stricken Chicago, was also the grandniece of Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray. 
Cops believe three suspects blasted the house with a handgun and high-powered rifle as they drove past in a dark-colored Jeep Commander, the Omaha World Herald reported.
Bullets don't know when to stop.

3-year old Arkansas boy unintentionally shot in the head and killed by relative

A man in Fontaine, Arkansas, unintentionally fired his handgun, striking a 3-year old boy in the head and killing him.

From an article:
Greene County Sheriff Dan Langston said 3-year-old Logan Carter of Fontaine died from a gunshot wound in his head. The sheriff said a relative accidentally shot Logan with a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun Saturday. 
According to the sheriff's office, the boy's family took him to Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould after the shooting. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital. 
Langston said officials are still investigating the case to determine whether any charges should be filed.

16-year old Florida boy shot in a park

A 16-year old boy was shot in the foot at a St. Petersberg, Florida, park.

From an article:

St. Petersburg Police are responding to a report of a person shot at Lake Vista Park, which is located at 62nd Avenue South and 16th Street. 
A 16-year-old male was shot in the foot while in the park. He has been transported to the hospital for treatment, according to police. 
The teen told detectives that he was shot by a juvenile wearing a denim jacket, jeans and brown boots. 
Lakewood High School, which is nearby, was put on lockdown for a short time. The lockdown has been lifted.

Friday, January 17, 2014

2 South Carolina children killed in domestic shooting

In the third domestic shooting in about as many days, two more small South Carolina children are dead in a domestic murder/suicide:
A family of Jehovah's Witnesses have been found dead in their South Carolina home after what police say was a shocking murder-suicide.
The bodies of a couple - believed to be Sheddrick and Kia Miller - and their two young children were found Wednesday morning scattered throughout the family's two-story home near Irmo. (...) 
Each of the four was shot in the upper body and a handgun, the presumed murder weapon, was found near the father, Wilson said. 
He said initial evidence suggested a domestic disturbance. Investigators are checking records to see if there had been any prior domestic violence calls made to the house. (...) 
Family friend Rachel Hinson, 25, described them as a good family and said the children were both under the age of five.
She told the Observer she had attended bible study at the Millers' home and went to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses with them. 
'It's confusing, and it's not understandable why something like that would happen,' said Hinson, who's grandmother lives near the home.
South Carolina is the worst of all 50 states when it comes to domestic homicides, according to a report by the Violence Policy Center in Washington.

5 and 7 year old Utah children shot and killed by police officer father

A family tragedy in Utah resulted in a police officer shooting his 2 young children, his wife, mother-in-law and himself:
A 34-year-old officer with a small Utah police department shot and killed his wife, mother-in-law and two young children and turned the gun on himself, authorities said Friday. (...) 
Spanish Fork Lt. Matthew Johnson said the couple had been experiencing marital problems in the past few months, but co-workers say Boren appeared upbeat and didn't show signs of distress before the killings.
"There were no warning signs," Johnson said, adding that police had never been called to the home. "This was a total shock to everyone." (...) 
The five deaths come just days after another Utah murder-suicide that left three people dead.
Kyler Ramsdell-Oliva, 32, fatally shot her two daughters, 13-year-old Kenadee Oliva and 7-year-old Isabella Oliva, on Tuesday evening before killing herself at their home in Syracuse, police said.
The murder-suicide happened a day after the Ramsdell-Oliva's fiance packed up to move out of the house, authorities said

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.