Friday, December 30, 2011
Man unintentionally shoots his uncle while showing off his Glock handgun
The gun was reportedly loaded with hollow-tip bullets but fortunately the bullet didn't expand when it passed through the victim's leg.
The victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. Police classified the incident as an accident and said no charges will be filed.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Gun in purse of 17-year-old unintentionally discharged inside Wyoming Starbucks
A 17-year-old Cheyenne, Wyoming girl's father gave her a double-barrel .38 special Derringer pistol and encouraged her to carry it for protection. However, he neglected to also give her any kind of formal firearms training. Her mother knew her daughter had the gun and even though she doesn't particularly like guns, she told the girl to "point it at a bad person" if she was ever in trouble.
The girl was planning to visit friends in Laramie so she stuck the loaded pistol, with the safety off, in her purse.
Early Monday morning while at a local Starbucks, the teen dropped her purse and the gun inside discharged. The bullet narrowly missed a customer, hit the west wall of the store, bounced back to the east and rolled under the coffee counter.
Two Cheyenne police officers were in the store at the time and drew their pistols when they heard the gunshot. They arrested the teen for possession of a firearm by a juvenile. There is no state law prohibiting giving a handgun to a minor. The gun was returned to the teen's parents.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Intoxicated woman unintentionally shoots husband while investigating noise outside house
Darryl told Connie to get her gun, a .380-caliber handgun, and the two went outside to investigate. While the couple was standing about three feet apart Darryl made a motion toward his wife that prompted her to fire her gun. Darryl was wounded in the right shoulder. He was treated and released at a local hospital.
Connie was arrested and charged with use of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, careless discharge of a firearm causing injury and three other firearm charges.
"I think alcohol is definitely the main factor," said a police spokesperson.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Teen posing for picture with shotgun unintentionally shot
Several teens were passing around a 12-gauge shotgun, posing for pictures, Christmas Eve inside a house in Moline, Illinois when the gun unintentionally discharged. 18-year-old Zachary Inman of Rock Island, IL was shot in the lower right leg and ankle.
Inman was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery for his injuries. The injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Also at the gathering was 18-year-old Matthew Nazari who has been taken into police custody and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Man cleaning high-powered rifle unintentionally shoots and kills girl across the street
23-year-old James Blackwell, of Chadbourn, North Carolina was cleaning his high-powered rifle when he unintentionally discharged the weapon. The bullet traveled across the street and struck three people who were standing in the driveway, preparing to go on a trip to Myrtle Beach.
First the bullet hit 16-year-old Jahmesha McMillan, passing through her and continuing on into her cousin, 16-year-old Jasmine Thar. Bullet fragments also hit the girls' aunt, 42-year-old Treka McMillan. Jasmine was pronounced dead at the hospital. Jahmesha is listed in critical condition after undergoing surgery. Treka was treated for her injuries and released.
Police took Blackwell into custody but released him later in the day. He has not been charged, but police are continuing to investigate.
"At this point, it appears accidental, but we're investigating, not taking anything for granted," said the Chadbourn police chief. "No mater what, it's tragic, that's all I can say."
Friday, December 23, 2011
Hunting instructor brings loaded handgun to class, student unintentionally shoots it
Idaho Department of Fish and Game prohibits live ammunition in a hunter education classroom. The instructor has been dismissed.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Man shoots at mouse, misses, hits roommate. Police investigate, arrest 3rd roommate on sex charges
It all started around 2 a.m. when a 27-year-old Taylorsville, Utah man saw a mouse in the kitchen. He took a 9mm handgun and shot at the mouse. He missed the mouse and the bullet went through the wall and into the bathroom. His 28-year-old roommate was in the bathroom at the time and the bullet struck him directly in the chest.
While police were conducting a routine search of the house they came across a 13-year-old girl hiding in a basement closet. Turns out the girl was having a relationship with a third roommate, 34-year-old Paul Klunzer.
Because the girl was underage, Klunzer was arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of rape, sodomy and aggravated sexual abuse.
The roommate who was shot was taken to the hospital, initially in serious condition but later upgraded to fair condition.
The roommate who did the shooting was not charged with any crime. Police said that alcohol was a factor in the shooting.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Amish girl killed by stray bullet fired by man cleaning his rifle
Rachel's brother found her when he saw the horse walking in circles. Rachel died of her injuries.
The sheriff's department began an intensive investigation and after four days a local family went to the sheriff to say a member of their family had been cleaning his rifle and had fired it into the air around the time Rachel was shot.
State investigators are checking the rifle for a ballistics match. "In all probability, it looks like an accidental shooting," said the sheriff. No charges have,as yet, been filed.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Man shot in the neck by neighbors shooting at pumpkins and paper targets
Police investigated and found a group of 11 people, ages 12 to 52, taking turns shooting a 12 gauge shotgun, a .22 rifle, a .380 pistol, and a 9mm pistol. They were shooting at pumpkins, paper targets on a tree, and a board.
Police are still determining if criminal charges will be filed. Vance is in the hospital in stable condition.
Monday, December 19, 2011
After being unintentionally shot hunter reevaluates the idea of killing animals
Mech says that the accident has given him a new perspective on hunting. "I always believed that as long as I made a good clean kill, the deer didn't suffer. I believe now they do suffer. They feel what I felt. The difference is that I got picked up and taken to the hospital."
"I remember everything," he added. "It was immense pain. I looked down and saw big chunks of bone and muscle tore up and I yelled for my brother. I reached down in my fanny pack and I took out my hoodie and shoved it in the hole in my pants leg and waited for him."
Mech considers himself lucky he wasn't shot int he femoral artery which could have led to his bleeding out in minutes. He is reevaluating how and if he continues hunting.
"I'm not rushing to get back into the woods," he said.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Albuquerque woman warns of defect with Taurus gun after unintentional shooting
She is now on a crusade to warn people about this defect with the Taurus handgun. She says she knows of at least five other cases where a similar thing happened. Judy has made fliers that she distributes at concealed weapon carry classes and plans to pass them out a gun shows.
Because guns are not regulated for safety by the Consumer Product Safety Commission there is no mechanism in place to force gun manufacturers to recall defective guns or to demand that safety features be incorporated into the design of new guns. A gun that fires when it is dropped would clearly not meet product safety standards.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Toy fund in memory of boy killed at machine gun shoot makes 2nd annual donation
In October 2008, 8-year-old Christopher Bizilj went with his father and older brother to a Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo held at the Westfield Sportsman's Club in Massachusetts. While firing a fully automatic 9mm micro-Uzi submachine gun Christopher lost control of the weapon. The gun recoiled and he was shot in the head. Christopher was taken to Baystate Children's Hospital where he died of his injuries.
Last year Christopher's aunt, Lisa Wargo, helped found the Christopher Bizilj Memorial Fund. The Fund collects toys which are then donated to the children who are patients at Baystate hospital.
"Baystate Children's Hospital was so good to us at that tragic time," said Wargo. "The goal of this memorial fund is to provide toys for its patients and to help continue the hospital's bereavement box program to help parents deal with their loss."
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Another dog shoots hunter
78-year-old Billy Brown of Pasco County, Florida was returning from an early morning deer hunting outing with his friend and his bulldog, Eli. They were driving down a bumpy road when the dog knocked over a high-powered Browning .308-caliber rifle.
The gun discharged and the bullet hit Brown in the right leg. It struck his bone and damaged the femoral artery. Brown lost a lot of blood and is currently in the hospital in critical condition.
Brown's sister said he loves his dog, Eli. "His prized possession is this dog and it was totally an accident what happened," she said. "If Eli could talk he would say 'I'm so sorry.'"
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Two men target practicing questioned in middle school students' shooting
"This seems like a freak accident," said a spokesperson for the school district.
Two men who were target practicing on an adjacent ranch were questioned by police.
"We feel certain that the shots came from afar," said the local sheriff.
The men target practicing were in the right line of fire to hit the students, but the bullets would have traveled almost half a mile.
Also questioned was a man who was hunting nearby with an assault rifle. He remains in custody and could be charged with trespassing, weapons violations, and immigration charges.
The student who was shot under the arm was going for a layup at the time. He is in stable condition at the hospital. The other student was shot in the back while waiting to try out and is in critical condition with a bullet embedded in an organ.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Man injured in unintentional shooting has leg amputated on his birthday
Seth made a tourniquet for his brother's leg out of materials in the truck. According to their father, "Even though his brother shot him, it's also his brother that saved his life."
Seth was medavaced to a hospital in Seattle, Washington were doctors removed Joseph's right leg below the knee. A few days later, on Joseph's birthday, doctors were forced to remove the rest of his leg, about six inches above the knee.
The family has set up an account to help retrofit Joseph's home in Juneau for his new disability.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Employee at gun shop unintentionally discharges weapon, wounds man in business next door
A woman whose two daughters attend class at the gymnastics studio said Gonzalez was teaching tumbling lessons when he suddenly grabbed his eye, which was bleeding, and said he couldn't see.
Parents were concerned when the gun shop recently opened up next door to the studio. "It could have been one of our kids," said one mother. "Someone could have ended up dead."
Police said the gun shop employee would probably not face any charges, calling the incident an accident. Adding that there have been no other problems or incidents at the shop in the short time it's been opened.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Police officer unintentionally discharges gun during drug raid, another officer fires back
According to the police investigating the incident, "Preliminarily, the investigation would indicate the Baltimore Police Department detective fired several rounds in response to the perceived threat."
A local television station reported finding at least five bullet holes inside the residence. No one else was injured in the gunfire and the city officer was taken to the hospital for treatment. The county officer was placed on paid administrative leave, pending the completion of the investigation.
The homeowner said she had no idea her caretaker had drugs. She was also upset because the police told her they would not pay for the damage the gunfire caused to her home.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Three injured over the weekend in separate Iowa hunting accidents
35-year-old Benjamin Parker, of Grinnell, IA, shot himself in the foot when his gun became tangled in some bags he was carrying. Parker had just finished hunting for the day and while trying to free the gun Parker unintentionally discharged the weapon. He was taken to a hospital in Des Moines with a non-life threatening injury.
25-year-old Ryan Mills, from Altoona, IA was shot when a deer ran between him and other hunters in his group. The bullet passed through the deer and hit Mills in the thigh. Mills was airlifted to the hospital in Des Moines where he was treated for his injury.
38-year-old Thomas Burns, of Waterloo, IA, was shot in the midsection when one of the people he was hunting with went to shoot a running deer. The bullet missed the deer and struck Burns instead. Burns was hunting with 21 other people when the incident occurred. He was airlifted to the hospital in Des Moines where he is in stable condition.
"Hunters need to plan the hunt and then hunt the plan so that all of the hunters know where the other members of their party will be," said Iowa Department of Natural Resources Safety Officer. "Shooting at deer running between members of a hunting party is the number one cause of shooting related injuries during shotgun deer season."
Friday, December 2, 2011
He told the police he thought the gun wasn't loaded
Willis has been charged with manslaughter. Police are investigating other elements which may have contributed to the incident, including the possible use of drugs or alcohol.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Man who liked to scare girlfriend with gun unintentionally shoots and kills himself
While his girlfriend, his 4-year-old daughter, and another women were in the apartment, Grasa got out his gun. Thinking the safety was on he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. Unfortunately, for Grasa, the safety wasn't on and he shot himself. He died at the scene.
Police have ruled the fatal shooting an accident.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Dog shoots duck hunter in the buttocks
He was taken to the local hospital where 27 pellets were removed.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Woman unintentionally discharges gun in shopping bag, dies
She was rushed to the local hospital in critical condition but died of her injuries. Police say the incident appears to be an accidental shooting.
News reports do not give the age of the daughter who witnessed her mother being shot.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Man unintentionally shoots and kills friend while hunting, then takes his own life
Birch's mother told reporters that the two were "best friends and professional hunters." She also said she is satisfied that her son's shooting was accidental.
Police continue to investigate and an autopsy will be performed this week but police say foul play is not suspected.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Man unintentionally shoots co-worker while showing off handgun
Bigelow drove the victim to the hospital where he underwent surgery. He was listed in stable condition.
Bigelow told police he had found the gun near where he lives. The gun was reported lost in March 2010. Bigelow was charged with assault and illegal possession of a handgun.
"We're just thankful the victim survived," said a police spokesperson. "This is a clear reminder how dangerous guns are."
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Man unintentionally shoots girlfriend while putting handgun away
The bullet hit his girlfriend, also in her 20s, as she came walking around the corner in the apartment. She was struck in the stomach. When medical help arrived the woman was barely conscious but did manage to say she couldn't feel her left leg. She was taken to the hospital where she was listed in critical condition. Police said the man will not face charges because "everything came together and it was an accident."
Monday, November 21, 2011
Criminal justice professor unintentionally shoots himself before class
Carney's students came to his aid, calling 911 and stayed with him until the ambulance arrived. He is expected to make a full recovery.
According to campus officials the school has a strict no weapons policy. As a former police officer Carney is legally allowed to carry a loaded, hidden gun in public. But it is still unclear if he was allowed to have the gun on campus.
Students told the newspaper they had no idea why Carney would be carrying a gun on campus. "He would be more careful, you would think," said one of his students.
Friday, November 18, 2011
15-year-old steals assault rifle, unintentionally shoots himself in the head
According to police the boys stole the guns because they planned to use them to rob a bank. While the 15-year-old was loading one of the assault rifles in preparation for an armed confrontation with police, he unintentionally discharged the gun, shooting himself in the head. The bullet grazed his forehead and scalp area. When police arrived they found him conscious but bleeding profusely from his injury. He was taken to local hospital and then transferred to a regional medical center for treatment.
Police were able to recover all the guns and ammunition. The 13-year-old and 18-year-old have been taken into custody and charged in the burglary. The 15-year-old is still in the hospital and hasn't yet been charged.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Gun owner in teen's fatal shooting said he didn't know gun was loaded
According to Patridge and other witnesses, the teenagers were making room for another passenger in the backseat of an extended cab pickup truck. Patridge asked Zachary to pass him the rifle. As Zachary picked up the gun by the barrel, which was pointed at this head, the gun discharged.
Police speculate that a protruding object in the back seat could have snagged the trigger and caused it to discharge. The gun was equipped with a safety, but the safety was not engaged. Patridge told police he had been hunting two days before the shooting, which is why the rifle and a shot gun were in the truck. But he thought the rifle was not loaded when he put the gun on the floor of the back seat.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Father unintentionally shoots son at indoor shooting range
The bullet hit the teen's pinkie and then struck his abdomen. The teen is expected to make a full recovery.
"The guy learned an easy lesson the hard way," said the manager. "He became, I believe, a little complacent or a little mistaken in his practices, and his gun accidentally went off and hit his son."
The man called his wife on the phone and apologized profusely, he also called his son in the hospital and apologized. Police say the shooting was accidental and don't plan to file any charges.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Man watching gun training video unintentionally shoots friend
The man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police consider the shooting an accident and don't plan on pressing any charges.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Man unintentionally shoots himself in front of his children, dies from injuries.
The initial police investigation indicated that when the man tried to unbuckle his seat belt he hit the trigger of his .40-caliber Glock handgun and unintentionally shot himself in the hip. It is not clear if the gun was in his pocket or in a holster.
Reports do not indicate the ages of the children who were in the minivan when their father shot himself.
Friday, November 11, 2011
17-year-old buys handgun, unintentionally shoots self in head
When police arrived the boy was conscious and alert and able to tell them what happened. The boy's parents and a friend who were also in the home corroborated the account. Police secured the handgun and two boxes of ammunition from the teen's room. The teen was flown by rescue helicopter to the hospital where he was reported in stable condition.
Police are investigating whether to file charges against the stepfather for neglect and criminal storage of a firearm. They are also looking into charges against the teen for purchase and possession of the handgun.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Off-duty police officer unintentionally discharges handgun inside Milwaukee mall
As local newsradio WTMJ points out "the incident is also raising questions about the new concealed carry law." One shopper commented, "If you've got a police officer who can't handle it, and you put all these people with concealed carry and weapons in their pockets can you imagine the danger and the safety issues that are going to come about through this."
The mall manager says the no concealed weapons are allowed in Southridge Mall, even after the recent change in Wisconsin law.
Police are investigating the incident and report that the officer in question is getting "a review of proper safety protocol."
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Two injured, one killed in Maine hunting accidents
Maine law requires a person responsible for a hunting fatality must provide a blood sample to check for alcohol or drugs. Police have not released the results of Briggs' test. Kolofsky is survived by his wife and two children, ages 15 and 9.
Two other hunting accidents were reported on Friday. A 60-year-old man was target practicing in the woods in Casco when he was shot in the stomach by a 29-year-old man who was hunting in the area. The man was transported to the local hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
In the second incident, a 26-year-old man was shot in the lower leg by his 47-year-old hunting companion. The man was taken into surgery at a local hospital, his condition was not known.
In another hunting mishap, a Magalloway man was walking in the woods with his German shepherd when a Dixfield hunter who was deer hunting shot the dog thinking it was a coyote. A spokesperson for the Warden Service says this was a case of a hunter not practicing 100 percent identification.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Concealed weapons permit holder unintentionally shoots himself in parking lot at Patriots game
While sitting in his car attempting to unload the gun he unintentionally discharged the weapon, shooting himself in the leg. The bullet went through his leg near the knee. The man was taken to the local hospital where he was listed in stable condition. Police secured the gun.
While firearms are not allowed in the stadium there is no official rule against having them in the parking lot. According to a spokesman for the Patriots, "There is not a security checkpoint that would prohibit that from being in your vehicle, and we don't have anything written up in terms of what is allowed or what isn't allowed in the parking lot."
Foxborough police would not confirm or deny whether alcohol was involved in the incident.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Teen shot at sleepover when friend takes loaded shotgun off wall rack.
The gun fired, striking the other boy in the leg, hitting a major artery. The boy was rushed to the hospital where he is in critical condition.
Police continue to investigate the incident.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Father charged in unintentional shooting for allowing teenage son to take handguns to cabin in the woods
Around 3 o'clock in the morning Russell was unintentionally shot in the head, the bullet entered his forehead and exited through the base of his head. Russell survived the shooting but suffered a long treatment process on his road to recovery.
Police determined that Russell was shot with a .32-caliber pistol that belonged to Donofrio. A .40-caliber handgun belonging to Donofrio was also found in the cabin. According to court documents emergency response was delayed because of the frantic nature of the initial 911 phone call. The boys "were constantly screaming and crying during the entire conversation, making it difficult to determine their location so ambulance crews could attend to the victim."
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Mother talks of double grief after son unintentionally shoots and kills daughter
"I saw my son in the back of the police car," Olivia said. "He was crying and banging on the window, 'I'm sorry Mom.' He could only scream."
Police have yet to charge the unidentified youth, but witnesses say the shooting was unintended. "I know it was an accident because I know how they feel about each other," Olivia said. She said her son went on a rampage after the shooting. "My other son and his girlfriend got there, and he was on the floor rolling around and banging his fists. He flipped the table and put holes in the walls."
Malehia was a senior at Huffman High School. She was in the government club and was an honor roll student.
"I'm having all kinds of feelings because I lost my daughter, my baby won't be with me," said Olivia. "But also for my son. He is alone, and I can't see him."
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Mother waits six weeks to seek medical treatment for son injured in unintentional shooting
Bail was set at $100,000 for Quinisha and $185,000 for Massey. Massey also faces charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Grandfather unintentionally shoots grandson in the head while unloading rifle
The boy was struck in the head and taken to Children's Mercy Hospital were he was listed in serious condition. Police said charges will probably not be filed against the grandfather. "He's pretty upset as one would expect," said a police spokesperson. "Thoughts and prayers are with the family we hope everything turns out OK."
Friday, October 28, 2011
Firing range instructor unintentionally shot while showing his girlfriend how to shoot
When she caught the gun, Kelly unintentionally discharged the handgun sending a bullet through Chet's wrist and into the right side of his chest. Chet was airlifted to the hospital where he is listed in stable condition.
"Handguns themselves, they aren't dangerous," said the range manager. "When it gets loaded, now it has the potential to do something. It's just a bit ironic that this happened to one of our best instructors. If it can happen to him, it can happen to anybody."
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Father unintentionally shoots and kills son while unloading handgun
Police say no foul play is suspected. Autopsy reports are expected to be released later in the week.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Oregon hunter mistakes man for bear, shoots and kills him
Collier's wife told reporters her husband had told her he was one-hundred percent sure he was shooting at a bear. But a neighbor said, "I don't understand how you could make that kind of a mistake. You don't shoot at something moving. You have to see the animal you have to know what animal you're shooting."
According to court records Collier has several misdemeanor convictions including a 1996 citation for exceeding the bag limit for black rockfish and convictions in 1991 and 2004 for "violating wildlife regulations." Both convictions resulted in fines.
Monday, October 24, 2011
12-year-old boy unintentionally shoots himself on Youth Hunting Day
The boy was brought out of the woods on an ATV and taken to a local hospital where he is listed in good condition.
One Maine Guide describes Youth Hunting Day as the day when hunters between the ages of 10 and 16 team up with parent/guardian sponsors "to carry on the hunting tradition. For the first-time hunter it is a rite of passage."
Friday, October 21, 2011
Mother unintentionally shoots and kills teenage son while cleaning her gun
"He moaned a few times," she said, "Had some gasping respirations, but I never go a word out of him."
Anthony was taken to the hospital where he later died. Elizabeth was also injured in the shooting, sustaining an injury to her hand.
" I cannot even imagine what she must be going through," said her neighbor.
The sheriff has ordered testing on the gun to see if it misfired or malfunctioned in any way.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Mother unintentionally shot while emptying dishwasher
Joy was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury. Police have classified the shooting as accidental and say no charges will be filed.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Teen killed when bullet comes through bathroom window
Conner was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery, but he was pronounced dead shortly before 1 a.m. Preliminary autopsy results show Conner died of a single gunshot wound to the upper right torso.
Law enforcement officials say accidental firearm discharges are very common, especially during hunting season. "I think the important thing is to focus on the things we have been told our entire lives by our grandparents and parents is we assume that all firearms are loaded," said a Muscogee County sheriff. "Not only is the firearm itself dangerous loaded or unloaded but the ammunition itself is dangerous also, it's an explosive."
Monday, October 17, 2011
Hunting trips in Idaho and Indiana end in tragedy
36-year-old Robert Bartlett of St. Maries, Idaho unintentionally shot and killed his 7-year-old son Connor. Father and son were ending a hunting trip in northern Idaho. Bartlett was putting a rifle in a vehicle when he unintentionally discharged the gun, striking Connor. The boy died on the way to the hospital.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Man unintentionally shoots self in head while trying to demonstrate gun was unloaded
When police arrived at the home Chaz was unconscious. He was taken to the hospital where he is listed in serious condition.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Man working on his tractor killed by bullet fired during target practice
"Maybe not careless, but just didn't think about what they were doing," is how a spokeswoman from the sheriff's office described the incident. "We just need to be safer about areas that are becoming more populated and a lot of growth in that area, and houses aren't as far apart as they used to be. Lots of people out there," she added.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Barber shot in buttocks when customer drops handgun
Voelkel was taken to the hospital and released a few hours later. Doctors are still trying to decide whether or not to remove the bullet. "If I really get in there and push, I can feel it," said Voelkel, "But other than that, I can't - just the wound."
Voelkel added that the customer who shot him feels terrible about it and is paying for all of his medical expenses.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Kids waiting in van for grandfather find handgun, 6-year-old unintentionally shot and killed
According to police the gun belonged to Zykria's mother, Jonnetta Jamison, who had driven the van the night before. She removed belongings from the glove compartment when she left the van and believed she had the gun with her. Police speculate that the weapon may have fallen to the floor where one of the children found it and picked it up.
Jamison said she had a panic attack and had to be taken to the hospital when she heard about her daughter's death. She had lost another child to illness and Zykria was her only living child.
Police were unclear if Jamison had a concealed weapons permit for the gun. South Carolina does not require a permit to have a handgun in a vehicle as long as it is "secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, of closed trunk." Police don't expect to file charges in Zykria's death.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Man shot and killed while watching tv, neighbor pleads guilt to unintentional shooting
Quincy admitted that he owned a .45-caliber handgun. He said that he and his wife had been drinking when Mattisha asked him to show her how to shoot the gun. The couple went into the backyard and with Quincy's help, Mattisha pointed the gun at a tree in the backyard. Quincy said his wife fired one shot at the tree but was surprised by how noisy the gun was so the couple went back inside and went to bed.
Quincy and Mattisha were both charged with involuntary manslaughter. Mattisha pleaded guilty and Quincy is due in court soon to enter his plea. Mattisha will be sentenced in November. She is facing two to five years in prison.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
2-year-old shot after playing with gun from mother's purse
2-year-old Payton Flow of Dallas, Oregon was unintentionally shot while he and his 3-year-old brother were playing with a handgun they found in their mother's purse. The boy was shot in the stomach and taken to the local hospital where he was treated and released. Payton's mother, Johnnie, said she bought the gun for protection in February. Normally she said it's not loaded. However, she left her purse containing the loaded, unlocked handgun sitting on the couch in the family's front room. Investigators believe the 3-year-old brother pulled the trigger.
"I'm not a bad mother," Johnnie told reporters, "Anybody who knows me knows my babies mean the world to me. That was just a freak accident."
Police said as far as they know, Johnnie does not have a concealed weapons permit. Johnnie said she plans to never keep guns in her house again.
Monday, October 3, 2011
First date ends when man unintentionally shoots himself
Police did not comment on whether the woman would be accepting another date.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Man cleaning gun almost shoots woman in neighboring apartment
The man admitted the shooting. Police say no criminal charges are pending because the man was in legal possession of the handgun.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Man unintentionally shot trying to capture a hog for roasting
The Sheriff ruled the shooting an accident. When asked about the wounded animal he replied, "I have no idea what happened to the hog. That was not my concern."
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Teenager examining AR-15 assault rifle unintentionally shot in neck
Police consider the shooing accidental and no charges will be filed. Alabama has no law concerning the minimum age to possess an assault rifle.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Man charged in unintentional shooting death of 4-year-old girl
Melendez has been charged with storing a gun in a manner accessible to a minor. Melendez told news reporters that he bought the .38-caliber handgun about six months ago for protection after he was the victim of an armed robbery. He said he kept the gun loaded and unlocked but hidden in various parts of the apartment. Sometimes under a mattress, sometimes in a desk drawer. North Carolina law requires that guns be stored in a way that cannot be accessed by a child living in the home. Violation of the law is a Class 1 misdemeanor offense.
In the past year at least four children in the Carolinas have been seriously injured or killed in unintentional shootings. In August, the 4-year-old son of a South Carolina sheriff's deputy was seriously injured when he shot himself with his father's gun. In February, a 10-year-old boy unintentionally shot and killed his 11-year-old sister in their Anson County home. Last year, a 5-year-old boy shot himself in the face when he found a loaded, unlocked gun while visiting friends. The owner of that gun was not charged because no children lived in the home and North Carolina law only applies to homes with children.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
77-year-old man unintentionally shoots himself while cleaning out closet in his house
He was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment. His condition has not been released. Police say no charges have been filed because the man was in legal possession of the gun and the shooting was accidental.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Woman shot when her gun fell from her holster while pumping gas
The woman has a concealed weapons permit for the gun and was able to walk into the gas station store and ask for help. She was taken to the hospital. Her condition has not been released.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Father cleaning handgun unintentionally shoots and kills 14-year-old son
Family friends told reporters that the father had bought the gun for his job as a security guard at a mine, but had been laid off and wanted to sell the gun, so he decided to clean it. "He just got the gun in case anybody would try to harm him any way, and that way he had something to protect himself with, because we're out there in the middle of nowhere," said a family friend.
Bryan was a freshman at Somerset Area High School and was described as "very fun-loving" and "an easy-going kid." Funeral services will be held Monday.
Friday, September 16, 2011
17-month-old loses eye when hit by stray bullet
King, 19, has been arrested on charges of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and weapons possession. He is on parole for a robbery he committed in 2007 when he was 15. Daryl McCullough, who was also involved in the fight and who is on probation for assault, was not charged with a crime. But both Samyah's father and uncle, both of whom have records, were arrested at the scene. The uncle was charged with a parole violation and the father was arrested on a warrant for assault.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Prison guard hit by stray bullet from nearby shooting range
The guard was treated at the local hospital for a graze wound and sent home to recuperate.
Initially, investigators thought the bullet was a ricochet from the firing range, but they are also exploring the possibility that it was a misfire from a semi-automatic handgun, with the bullet taking an upward trajectory and then falling into the prison compound.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Man sentenced in unintentional shooting death of 3-year-old
In May of this year, Novak was found guilty of second degree manslaughter. He was sentenced this week and given a three-year suspended sentenced and placed on five years probation.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Unsecured gun in car discharges, shoots passenger
Marcus' infant daughter was sitting in the back seat of the car but was unharmed. His girlfriend drove him to the hospital. Marcus is recovering from surgery.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Long recovery for deputy injured in unintentional shooting
Todd also suffered a brain injury that caused some memory loss and spent weeks in a drug-induced coma. He was in the hospital for three months. He has been on disability since the accident and has only recently been cleared to drive a car. Financial difficulties have forced him to move in with his brother and sister-in-law. He is hoping to find an apartment or someone who is looking for a roommate somewhere in Marietta so he can attend his bi-weekly doctor's appointment in town.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Man moving gun unintentionally shoots and kills fiance
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Man leaves gun on bathroom floor, toddler finds it
Allen has been charged with second degree cruelty to a child and reckless conduct. He has been denied bond. His lawyer argued that Allen was employed as a longshoreman and was not a flight risk. "This is an unfortunate accident situation that occurred here," he said.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
75-year-old man concerned about strangers in backyard unintentionally shoots himself after getting his gun
Monday, September 5, 2011
Woman unintentionally discharges handgun outside Safeway supermarket
Arizona does not require any sort of permit or safety training before an individual can carry a loaded, hidden gun in public.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Man lies to police about unintentional shooting, says burglar shot him
"Supposedly, a guy busted in Damien's house with a black mask because Damien was selling some guns on Craigslist," said a neighbor. "The guy just busted the door, shot him and then ran off." The neighbor added, "I got my gun out, and it's sitting by the door - just in case something else happens, if they come looking for Damien again."
But after police transported Damien to the local hospital and began investigating the incident they quickly determined that things didn't add up. After more questioning, Damien admitted that it was an accidental shooting and that he shot himself. The injuries are not considered life-threatening and Damien might face charges of falsifying a report.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
U of Montana student unintentionally shoots, injures another student
The incident happened in a parking lot on the campus on the first day of fall semester classes. University of Montana allows students to bring weapons on campus only if they are locked in a private vehicle or stored in one of the gun closets in a residence hall. Concealed weapons are not allowed on campus, even if you have a concealed weapons permit.
A university spokesperson said that as hunting season approaches more students bring weapons on campus. But he can only recall three or four times when firearms were discovered in a student's dorm room. "Sometimes I think they're somewhat forgetful about checking it in," he said. Adding that the concern was not so much about the gun owner but about other people, like roommates, having access to these guns.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Movie prop gun turns out to be real gun, actor unintentionally shot
Monday, August 29, 2011
15-year-old unintentionally shoots himself while at gun range
His family has asked that the boy's name not be released but they have reported that the boy was improving and "responded" to hospital workers and family members, though he is still not able to speak.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
19-year-old accidentally shoots, kills herself outside of California Starbucks
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Man unintentionally shoots friend, tries to comfort him while he dies
Kelich told police he had his finger on the trigger and when he went to put the gun down he unintentionally discharged it. The bullet went through the open door and hit Scott in the left side of his face.
In a panic, Johnson took off in his truck, taking all the cell phones with him, and leaving behind the wounded man and his roommate. Johnson neglected to send help back and the next morning Kelich stumbled out of the canyon where he finally found help.
Kelich told police that he had stayed by Scott's side all night, trying his best to comfort him. He said Scott died a short time before dawn.
Because Kelich has a felony record and is therefore prohibited from possessing a gun and because he admitted to drinking while using the gun he has been charged with felony involuntary manslaughter.
Police are still investigating the incident, including trying to figure out where Kennith Johnson was all night and why he never called for help.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Husband unintentionally shoots and kills wife while testing gun at local gun shop
The shop has no visible business signs and appears to be just a two-story residential home. A neighbor commented that he was not aware the property was a gun shop although the property owner always seemed to have a lot of weapons.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Man unintentionally shoots two friends while examining newly purchased handgun
According to police the handgun owner apparently had his finger on the trigger of the gun when he put it down on the table, causing him to accidentally fire one shot. The two people hit by the bullet were taken to the hospital and are expected to recover. The gun was seized by police and the gun owner is expected to be charged with negligent discharge of a firearm.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Father talks of how he always taught his children gun safety after son unintentionally shoots and kills daughter
Leonard Kessinger, the children's father, gave an interview to a local news station. "I taught 'em gun safety from the time my son was 4 and my daughter was 7," he said. "We hunted together, we'd to go shooting ranges together, I mean, I showed them the correct way."
According to Leonard's brother, he has now gotten rid of all his hunting rifles.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Man hit by stray bullet while stopped at a red light
Wallace was shot in the neck and was able to pull his car off the road and flag down a police officer. According to his son, "Luckily the bullet missed both arteries and did not sever his spinal cord." He said his father has sever throat damage but is conscious and has a tracheotomy.
Police are looking for the people involved. No arrests have been made.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
17-year-old unintentionally shoots and kills her friend
Renee has now been charged with reckless homicide. Her father doesn't understand why she is being charged with a crime. "I thought an accident was an accident," he said. "The cop told me Sunday night it was a terrible, tragic accident, but they had to charge her with something." He added that his daughter doesn't even like guns so he was shocked when he was told of the tragedy. He said his daughter lives in Michigan with her mother and had just returned to Memphis for a visit. "Now one girl's dead and one girl's never going to be the same again."
Monday, August 15, 2011
Man unintentionally shoots self in supermarket parking lot
McKay did not comment on why he felt he needed to carry a loaded, hidden gun with him while grocery shopping. Police report that he does have a valid permit to carry the weapon but note that McKay did not have the gun in a holster but had simply stuck the gun into his pants pocket.
Friday, August 12, 2011
NY Legislator's Car Hit by Random, Stray Bullets
Police say the shooting was random and that Boyland was not the target but simply someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Detectives are trying to determine where the shots were fired from. No arrests have been made.
Several residents expressed annoyance at all the attention the shooting was receiving. "It was a random shooting," said Kim, a resident of a public housing complex. "That happens around here every other day."
"Look, a politician's window got shot out," added Karon, age 26, "We're in the 'hood. That's how it goes down."
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Sheriff Deputy's 4-year-old son unintentionally shoots himself
A Richland County, South Carolina deputy sheriff was getting ready for work. He told his 4-year-old son to go get dressed and get ready for the baby sitter's. Instead the boy went into the deputy's bedroom, found a gun and unintentionally shot himself. The deputy, who has not been identified, heard the gunshot around 9:30 a.m. and found his son lying on the bedroom floor with a gunshot wound to the upper body. The boy was transported to the hospital where he is in critical but stable condition.
The gun involved was a department issued secondary weapon, it was not the deputy's service weapon. Police are investigating how the boy gained access to the gun. All deputies are issued a gun safety lock box when hired.
Police are reminding gun owners to use safety precautions if they choose to bring guns into a home where children live. They should remember to always:
- take the ammunition out of the gun.
- lock the gun and keep it out of reach of children.
- lock the ammunition apart from the gun.
- store the keys for the gun and the ammunition in a different area from where you store household keys.
- keep the keys out of reach of children.
- lock up gun-cleaning supplies, which are often poisonous.
- talk to your family about gun safety.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Woman files lawsuit over unintentional shooting at gun range
According to the complain, "The instructor gave a brief demonstration of how to load and shoot the gun and each participant took turns shooting at the targets. At no time did the instructor give specific details and/or safety precautions related to loading the gun. On one occasion when it was Ms. Bassett's turn to shoot, the instructor was not next to her. He was sitting a short ways back going paperwork, but yelled to Ms. Bassett to go ahead and take her turn. Ms. Bassett went to load the gun, heard a loud shot and looked down to see blood running down her leg."
Bassett was hit by spraying shrapnel and gravel. She was taken to the hospital, treated and released. The suit asks for unspecified damages.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Man unintentionally shoots himself in the penis
Seto was taken to the hospital where his condition has not been released. It is not known if he will suffer any permanent damage. Police are warning people who carry loaded, hidden guns in public to use holsters, not waistbands. Police are also investigating possible charges against Seto.
A local television station interviewed several men, asking how they felt about the story.
Monday, August 8, 2011
11-year-old girl shot and killed by stray bullet while watching tv
The bullet was the result of a gun fight between 18-year-old Terrance Roane and 25-year-old Vernon Singleton that took place outside the apartment complex. Roane has been arrested and charged with one count of murder. Police are still searching for Singleton, who is considered armed and dangerous.
Meanwhile, Carolyn Frederick wonders if what happened to her is connected to this shooting. Carolyn was outside the same apartment complex a few days earlier when she was grazed by a bullet in the back of her head. "I was plopping the stroller up," said Carolyn, "I heard a 'pow,pow' and then it felt like a softball hit in the back of my head." Carolyn was 39-weeks pregnant when she was grazed and gave birth soon after.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Man who unintentionally shot and killed his 3-year-old son and tried to blame it on a drive-by shooting sentenced to jail
This week, Garcia-Salas pleaded guilty to charges of abandonment of a child resulting in death, tampering with evidence, child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Man shooting at metal target struck by ricocheted bullet
Holton was taken to the local hospital where he had to undergo surgery to remove the bullet. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Sleeping man shoots himself in the leg
When medical crews arrived they found Mozdren sitting in the chair with a towel on his right thigh. Investigators also found a hole in the wall from where the bullet struck after entering and exiting Mozdren's leg. He was taken to the local hospital for treatment.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
101-year-old woman caught in crossfire when her grandsons start shooting at each other
Neighbors describe Mrs. Taggart as a kind woman who enjoys watching television game shows, particularly Jeopardy and The Price is Right.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Man arrested after unintentionally shooting his roommate
29-year-old Kyle Hubbarth of Tulsa, Oklahoma was preparing for a fight with a neighbor. He and his roommate, 44-year-old Jack Stewart went and got a gun from their apartment. As Hubbarth was checking to see if the handgun was loaded he unintentionally discharged the gun, shooting Stewart in the torso.
Stewart is expected to recover from his injuries. Hubbarth was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Man taking off his shorts drops gun, shoots girlfriend
The boyfriend initially told police it was a drive-by shooting, but witnesses said the man had tried to conceal a gun. The man was arrested and the gun recovered.
Police do not know why he was trying to take his shorts off.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Handgun man kept under pillow for protection found by his 3-year-old nephew
Because of his prior criminal record Nikko is prohibited from possessing a gun. He said his protection was more important than the order that he not possess a gun. He added that he wants to focus now on his nephew's recovery and has asked for prayers and forgiveness.
Nikko has been confined to a wheelchair since being shot during a dispute sixteen years ago.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Airline employee injured when gun being checked with luggage discharges
Passengers are allowed to check guns as luggage as long as the gun is unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container. During the check-in process the owner and the ticket agent must check the gun to ensure it's unloaded, then both initial a red tag that goes inside the case as evidence that the check was performed.
The problem arose because Deubler's gun was loaded. Deubler compounded the problem when he unintentionally discharged the weapon.
Deubler is the former chapter president of Safari Club International and is a national board member of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Pug Lorren, current chapter president of the Safari Club and longtime friend of Deubler's was surprised when he heard the news. "He's probably been on dozens of hunting trips where he's checked guns at the airport," Lorren said. "If you'd have told me to name 50 people that this could have happened to, he wouldn't have been on the list. I'm just really shocked that this could have happened."
Monday, July 25, 2011
4-year-old fishing with father shot and killed by stray bullet
4-year-old Jake Michuda of Ossian, Indiana was standing on a pier, fishing with his father and friends, when he was shot in the head. 46-year-old Bruce Pond has been arrested on a preliminary charge of reckless homicide. Pond apparently shot at a light on the pier where Jake was standing. Pond was several hundred feet away when he shot his gun. Police said alcohol was involved.
Jake was rushed to the hospital in Fort Wayne but he died a few hours later.