Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Woman laying in bed shot in head when bullet comes through row house wall

38-year-old Nelmarys Rivera-Alequin was laying in bed next to her husband in their row house in Lancaster, Pennsylvania when a bullet came through the wall.  Nelmarys was stuck in the head.  She was taken to the hospital where she remains in critical, but stable, condition. 

The bullet came from the house next door which shares a common wall.  The neighbor, 25-year-old Allante Floyd, told police that he was cleaning his "AK-47 style pistol" when he unintentionally discharged the weapon.  He added that he had been smoking marijuana before the incident.

The gun, a Century Arms Model PAP M92 pistol, is described as a "semi-auto action with a short barrel and no buttstock.  With it's shortened handguard it looks a bit like a baby AK."  It comes with a 30-round magazine.

At a press conference, the Lancaster police chief, noted that Floyd had been arrested.  He went on to say, "This is an absolute tragedy for Nelmarys' family, especially her husband and children.  This is also a life-changing tragedy for Mr. Floyd, who is understandably distraught over the incident."

"Accidents happen," he added. "Unfortunately, this one is a severe tragedy."

This was not an accident.  It was an unintentional discharge that could have been avoided.   

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Man cleaning gun fires weapon, bullet grazes 11-month-old in apartment below

An unidentified man was cleaning his gun in his apartment at Cedar Glen apartments in South Bend, Indiana. He unintentionally discharged the weapon and a bullet went through the floor into the apartment below. 

The bullet grazed an 11-month-old baby who lived in the apartment.  He was hit in the leg. It was very fortunate that the child was not seriously injured.

According to reports, the officer reported to dispatch: "Caller advises she heard a loud bang. Looks like there is a bullet hole in the ceiling."

The property manager stated, "While its certainly regrettable, we want to emphasize it was an accident and we're just really grateful that no one was seriously injured."

Note - this was not an "accident," this was a discharge that could have been avoided. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bystander hit by stray bullet from fight up the street

A man was sitting against a building in San Antonio, Texas when he was struck in the back by a stray bullet originating from a fight down the block. 

According to reports, three men got into a fight inside the Hayes Food Mart on North New Braunfels Ave.  The clerk warned that she was going to call the police so the men went outside.  One of the men took out a gun and shot at the other two men as they ran away.

The bullet hit the bystander in the back.  He was taken to the hospital with a non life-treatening injury.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Army Veteran Paralyzed in Unintentional Shooting Finally Gets To Go Home

24-year-old Joshua Keller is going home.  Josh was wounded in an unintentional shooting last year.  At the time, he was in the Army, stationed in Olympia, Washington.  Josh and his roommate, Thomas Popek, were preparing to go to a shooting range.  Popek was fooling around with a .45 caliber handgun while he cleaned the weapon.  Thinking the gun wasn't loaded, Popek pointed it at Josh and pulled the trigger.

The bullet hit Josh in the neck and lodged in his spine, paralyzing him. "I'm a C-4 quadriplegic," Josh said. "I have loss of function in my legs and arms. From the chest down, I can't feel."

Josh has spent the last year in a Veterans hospital in Massachusetts.  But now, thanks to a special adaptive housing grant, he will return to his home in Hudson, New Hampshire. A new addition to his family home has been built for Josh and his caregiver.

Popek pleaded guilt to aggravated assault with a loaded firearm and was sentenced to three years and one month confinement and a bad-conduct discharge from the Army.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Teen Unintentionally Shot and Killed While Live on Instagram

18-year-old Dylan Hemphill and his friend were in the living room of the friend's house in Detroit, Michigan.  They were showing off money and a rifle while live on an Instagram video.  The friend put his finger of the gun's trigger and unintentionally discharged the weapon. Hemphill was struck in the back of his head.

According to reports, Dylan's mother said of the boys, "They're close friends. They're like brothers. I treated that boy like he was a son of mine."

Dylan died at the house.  His friend was arrested and is in police custody.

Another recent shooting was captured live on Facebook.  Devyn Holmes, 26, and two others were sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot in Houston, Texas playing with two guns.  According to reports, in the video Cassandra Damper can be seen waving a handgun.  "Hey man, you're making me nervous," Devyn said.

Another person in the car is heard saying, "She got no clip, bud." But seconds later the gun discharged, hitting Devyn in the side of the head.   Authorities report that Devyn is brain dead and on life support.

Cassandra was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence. Police say she tried to wipe off any gunshot residue that might have been on her hands.  She is free on $2,500 bond.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Man Unintentionally Discharges Gun While Riding in Car on Interstate, Shuts Down Traffic For An Hour

A man, who was a passenger in a car traveling on Interstate 65 North near Goodlettsville, Tennesse, unintentionally discharged a gun inside the vehicle.  The bullet struck the man in his leg.

Police shut down the northbound lanes of I-65 while they investigated the incident.  Traffic was shut down for over an hour, causing major delays.

The man's injuries were non-life threatening. He was taken to a local medical center for treatment.

Police, who are still investigating the incident, did not give details on the type of gun involved.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Man Unintentionally Shoots Himself in the Leg

A man was sitting in his car in a parking lot outside of a pawn shop in Killeen, Texas.  He was trying to clear his gun of bullets when he unintentionally discharged the weapon and shot himself in the leg.

Police reports did not indicate what type of gun it was or why the man was at the pawn shop.  He was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.