Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fatal unintentional shooting at home also used as child day care

21-year-old Michael Nugent, of San Diego, California, was at his friend's house getting ready for a hunting trip. The house is owned by Sharon Orr, who runs Orr's Family Day Care and Preschool at the house.

According to reports, Orr was downstairs while her grandson and Nugent were upstairs looking at a shotgun when the gun was dropped and unintentionally discharged. Police were called to the home around 1 a.m. Nugent was shot in the chest and died from his injuries.

Under California law, family child care homes require guns must be unloaded and locked up and ammunition must be stored and locked away separately. Orr stressed that the shotgun was kept in an upstairs safe along with other guns that belonged to her grandson and her boyfriend. She noted that the safe was kept in a room with a child-proofed door knob and there was also a childproof gate to keep children from going upstairs. Orr added that she intends to remove all the weapons and the safe from the house.

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