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.
Ohh shoot.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Man taking off his shorts drops gun, shoots girlfriend

An 18-year-old Wichita, Kansas man was trying to take off his shorts while walking down the street with his girlfriend. In the process a small-caliber handgun fell out of his waistband. When the gun hit the pavement it discharged, shooting his 19-year-old girlfriend in the chest. The woman was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She was listed in fair condition.
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.
Ohh shoot.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Handgun man kept under pillow for protection found by his 3-year-old nephew

36-year-old Nikko Draper, of Huntsville, Alabama kept a loaded, unlocked .32-caliber handgun under his pillow for protection. This weekend he was watching his 3-year-old nephew, Latravian, while the boy's mother was out of town. Nikko dozed off in his wheelchair while his nephew was playing video games in the bed next to him. Latravian found the gun and unintentionally shot himself in the head. The toddler is currently in critical condition in the hospital, his long-term prognosis unknown.
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

65-year-old Edward Deubler of Harvey, Louisiana was at Louis Armstrong International Airport in Louisiana, heading out for a safari. While trying to check his hunting rifle the gun unintentionally discharged, injuring a United Airlines ticket agent. The agent, who has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital with a non-critical wound to his lower leg. Deubler was issued a misdemeanor summons for negligent injury.
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."
Ohh shoot.

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.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

4-year-old finds loaded gun behind store counter, shoots and kills himself

Police are continuing to investigate how 4-year-old Ash Wimbley of Cedar Lake, Indiana happened upon a loaded, unlocked handgun behind the counter at Tubbby's Wine and Spirits liquor store in Beecher, Illinois. Ash unintentionally shot himself in the head with the gun. Police were called to the store at 10:16 a.m. on Thursday morning. Ash was taken to the hospital in Chicago Heights where he later died. The medical examiner said the cause of death was determined to be an accidental gunshot wound to the face.
Ash is the forth child in the area to suffer a severe gunshot injury in the past month.
An 11-year-old Martinsville, Indiana boy has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of his 6-year-old brother, Andrew Frye. The boy is charged with shooting Andrew is the head with a .22-caliber gun. The two boys were home alone when the incident occurred.
A 2-year-old Connersville, Inidana boy died after a gun went off while he was playing with his 5-year-old brother.
An 11-year-old Clinton, Indiana boy is in a coma after being shot in the head while playing with a gun with two other boys ages 10 and 15.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

12-year-old unintentionally shot with gun parents kept for protection

A 12-year-old Rupter, Idaho boy was home alone with two other boys, ages 10 and 12, when they decided to goof around with the 9mm handgun that was kept, loaded and unlocked, in the parents' bedroom for "security purposes."
According to reports, the boys were allegedly trying to clear the gun of ammunition by cycling the firing mechanism in the weapon. They took the magazine out and handed the pistol to the 10-year-old boy. Thinking the gun was unloaded, the boy pulled the trigger. The gun fired and a bullet went clear through the side of the 12-year-old boy and lodged in the bedroom wall. The boy was taken to the Minidoka Hospital before being air lifted to a medical center in Pocatello.
The boy's parents had other guns that were locked in a gun safe, but this handgun was kept in the bedroom. The sheriff's office issued a statement that read, in part, "Children do have a way of discovering things and we at the sheriff's office would encourage all parents with firearms to make their firearms as safe as practical."

Monday, July 18, 2011

Another woman named Walker trying to shoot pit bull also shoots and kills partner instead

Back in May an Indianapolis woman, Carolyn Walker, was trying to intervene in a dog fight when she tripped, unintentionally discharging the handgun she was carrying, and shot and killed her partner, 57-year-old Roosevelt Griffin.
This past weekend, Betty Walker, of Houston, Texas, was visiting her son in South Jackson, Mississippi when the neighbor's pit bull threatened some neighborhood children. According to news reports, Robert Walker, 53, picked up the pit bull after it lunged at some children. Meanwhile, his wife, Betty, went inside to retrieve a .38-caliber handgun. When she came out she fired two shots, the first shot hit her husband in the upper right chest while the other shot hit one of the front legs of the pit bull. Walker was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead two hours later.
News reports do not link the two women nor indicate if they are in any way related.
Ohh shoot.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Trial date set for man who shot gun in motel room, killing man in room next door

An October trial date has been set for 48-year-old Lance Mueller, of Eagle Point, Wisconsin. He is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death last fall of 55-year-old Gregory Fleniken. According to the criminal complaint, Mueller had been drinking "quite a bit" with several co-workers in a motel room in Beaumont, Texas. He was also fooling around with a loaded handgun. Mueller pointed the gun at a co-worker, who ducked out of the way, and then fired the gun. The bullet went through the wall of the hotel room and struck and killed Fleniken as he was lying on a bed in the room next door.
According to police reports: "Mueller plugged the hole in the wall where the bullet went through with toothpaste. Then they went to the bar in the hotel. No one went to check on the occupant in the room next to them, nor did they notify the hotel or police. The next day, Mueller and a co-worker saw that the guy in the room next to them was dead when they saw police take Fleniken's body from the room."
Mueller was arrested in June in Wisconsin and appeared in court in Texas in July.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Man charged in stray bullet death of 11-year-old girl

50-year-old Aaron Sullivan of Kansas City, Missouri was with three of his friends on the 4th of July when they decided to celebrate by firing Aaron's .9mm Glock handgun into the air. Unfortunately, one of the bullets came down and struck 11-year-old Blair Shanahan-Lane in the neck. Blair was playing with fireworks in the yard of a relative who lived about 1,000 feet away. Blair died of her injuries the next day.
Sullivan was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. A Missouri state representative plans to introduce a bill that would make shooting a gun in the air a Class D felony. "We need you to be responsible gun owners," said the county prosecutor. "Shooting a gun for the Fourth of July or a holiday or celebration is incredibly dangerous, and we just shouldn't allow it."
Ohh shoot.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Grandfather in Washington shoots 11-year-old grandson, grandfather in Ohio shoots 2-year-old granddaughter

A Custer, Washington man was target shooting with his 11-year-old grandson in his backyard when the .22-caliber handgun they were using jammed. As the grandfather went to clear the jam the handgun fired and the boy was hit in the abdomen. The boy was taken to the hospital with nonlife threatening injuries.
69-year-old Albert Ibold, of West Chester, Ohio has been charged with child endangerment and handling weapons while intoxicated after he unintentionally shot his 2-year-old granddaughter in the abdomen. The girl was conscious when she was transported to the hospital but no other information has been released. The child endangerment charge is a felony of the third degree but the charge of handling weapons while intoxicated is only a first degree misdemeanor.
Ohh shoot.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Three people shot when man drops gun

A 65-year-old Cleveland, Ohio man was trying to unload a shotgun when he dropped the gun and the gun discharged. Three people were injured by the shotgun blast, a 58-year-old woman, a 75-year-old woman and a 5-year-old girl.
The incident happened around 7 o'clock at night. All three victims were taken to the hospital for treatment. Police have not released any additional details but are investigating. There are no arrest or charges at this time.
Ohh shoot.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Man changing tire unintentionally shoots self in stomach

A 32-year-old Corsicana, Texas man was returning to his truck after a day of rafting on the river in New Braunfels when he noticed a bulge in one of the truck tires. He decided to change the tire before driving home. When he went to retrieve a jack from underneath the back seat he instead grabbed a loaded, unlocked 30-30 rifle that he had stored under the seat. He unintentionally discharged the gun, shooting himself in the abdomen.
An Airlife helicopter was called in to airlift the man to a hospital in San Antonio for surgery. He is listed in stable condition. Police have ruled the incident an accidental shooting.