Friday, November 4, 2011

Father charged in unintentional shooting for allowing teenage son to take handguns to cabin in the woods

57-year-old Patrick Donofrio of Union Township, PA has been charged with providing firearms to a minor, endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment. The charges stem from an unintentional shooting of then 14-year-old Russell Callen in June of 2010. Donofrio allowed his then 17-year-old son to take two handguns to a hunting cabin with two other boys. Despite the fact that it was a violation of Pennsylvania law to provide a juvenile with a weapon, Donofrio told police he trusted his son with the guns.
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."

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