Monday, November 2, 2015

Man drops gun in Cracker Barrel, gun discharges injures customer eating breakfast

William Hoback, of Sanford, Florida, was talking to the person at the checkout counter at a local Cracker Barrel restaurant when his gun slipped out of his holster. When the gun hit the floor it discharged. The bullet hit a kettle and sent fragments flying in several directions.

Three people were hit by the shrapnel, including the restaurant manager, Hoback's finance, and a customer who was eating breakfast.

The customer told police he heard a loud bang and then felt a sharp burning pain in his left shin.  He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police did not charge Hoback in the incident and would not say if Hoback had a permit to carry the gun. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Gunfight at the OK Corral Re-enactment Unintentionally Uses Live Rounds, Wounds Actor

Tom Carter and Ken Curtis have been members of the Tombstone Vigilantes group for more than ten years.  The group re-enacts the historic gunfight at the OK Corral for tourists in Tombstone, Arizona.

But Sunday, the re-enactment went terribly wrong when the gun Tom Carter fired unintentionally contained live ammunition.  One of the bullets Carter fired struck Ken Curtis in the upper-groin area. Curtis was flown to the hospital in Tucson for treatment.

At least two other rounds struck businesses approximately 680 feet from the skit.  One of the bullets caused shrapnel to hit a female bystander.  She was not seriously injured and refused treatment.

Law officials have ordered the Tombstone Vigilante group to stop future re-enactments while the incident is being investigated.  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Gun falls out of woman's purse, discharges, injures woman nearby

A woman was checking her mother out of Christus Outpatient Pavilion in Beaumont, TX. She reached into her purse to grab some paperwork and a small caliber pistol fell out.  When the gun hit the floor it discharged.  The bullet went through a wall and hit another patient in the hip.

A police spokesperson said the injury was not life threatening and that the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Christus issued a statement that read, in part:
Handguns are strictly prohibited on all CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System campuses, as safety for our staff and patients is always a top priority. We are thankful for the rapid response of our teams and will continue to provide ongoing support to our staff as needed. We are working with law enforcement on the ongoing investigation.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Woman almost hit by bullet fired by 3-year-old in neighboring apartment

Police say a 3-year-old child in Peru, Indiana unintentionally discharged a handgun. The bullet went through the wall into a neighbor's apartment.

The woman in the apartment told police she heard a bang and saw drywall flying towards her. Luckily, she was not injured.

The child's mother told police the gun belonged to her finance and that he usually kept the gun in a drawer by the bed with the chamber cleared but he had been in a hurry that morning and left the gun loaded and unlocked on the nightstand.

The Miami County Department of Child Services was called to investigate the incident.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bystander trying to shoot carjacker unintentionally shoots victim instead

Houston, Texas police are reporting a man was shot in the head during an incident at a Valero gas station in north Houston around 11 o'clock Saturday night.

The victim was in the parking lot when two men jumped out and took the victim's Chevrolet pickup truck.

At that point another man who witnessed the carjacking pulled out a gun and started shooting at the suspects.  He unintentionally shot the carjacking victim in the head.

The victim was taken to the hospital where he is in stable condition.  Police are looking for both the suspects and the witness who did the shooting.  Police said the witness picked up shell casings in the parking lot and left the scene before they could question him.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Man trying to shoot seven puppies shot by puppy instead

37-year-old Jerry Bradford, of Pensacola, Florida couldn't find homes for his 3-month-old shepherd-mix puppies. So he decided the best course of action was to kill the seven puppies by shooting them in the head.

Bradford was holding two of the puppies, one in his arms the other in his left hand, when one of the dogs put its paw on the trigger of the .38-caliber handgun Bradford was using.

The gun discharged and Bradford was shot in the wrist. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police found three dead puppies and four others in good health. They were taken to a local animal adoption center.

Bradford faces charges of animal cruelty. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

8-year-old boy unintentionally shot by babysitter

39-year-old Mike Lee Dickey was babysitting an 8-year-old Casa Grande, Arizona boy.  According to police, at about 2 a.m., Dickey was in the bathroom removing his .45-caliber handgun from the waistband of his pants when he unintentionally discharged the gun. 

The bullet passed through two doors and struck the 8-year-old in his arm while he lay sleeping in a nearby bedroom.

The boy was flown to a hospital in Phoenix for treatment.  No charges have been filed but the report has been passed on to the County Attorney's Office. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Man sitting on couch shot by bullet fired in apartment above

A 20-year-old man was sitting on his couch in his apartment in South Providence, Rhode Island when a bullet came crashing through his ceiling.

The man was shot in his right shoulder. When police arrived they found him in the backseat of a car, covered in blood. Blood also covered his kitchen floor and there was a bullet hole in the ceiling above the living room couch. The man was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries.

When police went to the apartment upstairs, the door was locked. Officers broke it down and a search of the apartment uncovered several containers of marijuana, a safe with $2,990 cash,  papers that police believe to be a record of drug sales, a bag of ammunition, an empty rifle case and a 12-guage shotgun.

Police arrested 23-year-old Dara Chav and 30-year-old Steven In. They were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.  Police are still investigating the shooting and whether or not to bring charges.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Woman sentenced for mailing loaded gun that fired in postal processing center

47-year-old Tami Dee Bachart, of McCall, Idaho, mailed a loaded Ruger Blackhawk .357-caliber handgun in December to an address in Connecticut.  The gun discharged while being handled by an employee in a processing center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The postal worker sought medical attention for ringing ears and stinging hands.

Bachart admitted sending the package but claimed she didn't know the gun was loaded. 

Bachart pleaded guilty to mailing injurious articles and causing a firearm to be present in a federal facility.  She was sentenced to a year of probation, ordered to serve 200 hours of community service, pay $3,400 in restitution and a $1,000 fine.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

12-year-old shot & killed when brother unintentionally discharges shotgun

12-year-old Halee Marshall, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky,  was helping her 20-year-old brother unpack his pickup truck and move things into the house. The brother's girlfriend was also helping.

According to the county coroner, there was a shotgun hanging on a gun rack in the truck.  As the brother was handing the gun to his girlfriend the gun unintentionally discharged.

The brother told police he had cleaned the weapon and didn't realize the gun had been reloaded.

Halee was shot in the face.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It was accidental," said the coroner. "No drugs or alcohol was involved."