Saturday, February 27, 2016

3 wounded, 3 dead; Another shooting range death and another toddler.

Man grazed in accidental shooting

SAN ANTONIO (2-26-16)  San Antonio police investigated a shooting Friday morning just West of Downtown.  The call was reported around 8 a.m. in the 500 block of N. Colorado near West Martin Street.   SAPD officers, a crime scene unit, and EMS reported to the scene.

Police said a man was grazed by a gunshot after the gun accidently discharged.  KSAT 12 at the scene saw the wounded man walking after the incident and police said he intended to take himself to the hospital for his injury.

UPDATE: Corrections officer dies of accidental shooting

ELK RUN HEIGHTS (2-26-16) -Black Hawk County Sheriff's Deputies confirm the man involved in an early morning accidental shooting was 45-year-old Martin Lawrence of Elk Run Heights.  According to Martin's mother, Martin was a correctional officer in Cedar Rapids.  After 12:30 a.m., deputies were called to Amber Lane for a man who was unconscious.  When authorities arrived, he was being given CPR.

Authorities believe Martin was returning home from work and had a .38 caliber Derringer handgun, like the one pictured here.  The gun was not in a holster, and as Martin left his vehicle, he dropped the gun on the ground which fired and hit him in the leg.  He was later taken to Allen Hospital to be treated for his injuries and he later died.

Deputies believe when the bullet hit Mr. Lawrence, it traveled up his body and caused several internal injuries.  Authorities say Mr. Lawrence had a permit to carry a gun.  Authorities confirm, "There is nothing to indicate that Mr. Lawrence was reckless in his handling of the weapon."

According to Lawrence's mother, Martin Lawrence was a corrections officer for nearly 15 years.  He was also involved in the United States Army for nearly 20 years.  Lawrence's mother, Laura, describes him as hard-working, happy-go-lucky, loving and caring.  Lawrence was married, and he would have celebrated his 24th anniversary this May.  He leaves behind his two daughters.

According to investigators, an autopsy is scheduled to confirm all information.

A 3-year-old boy was shot and killed in Dearborn County Friday, Feb. 26.

SUNMAN, IN  (2-26-16)  3-year-old shot and killed in Sunman, Ind.  The toddler was shot early Friday evening and died at his home.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the house on Van Wedding Rd.after 5 p.m. The call came in as an accidental shooting. When deputies arrived they found the boy had been shot in the chest with a .357 magnum revolver. AirCare was called to fly the child to the hospital but it was too late.

"This is about as worse as it gets. For all emergency personnel, with the sheriff's department, Sunman Police was on science, Sunman EMS, Dearborn County Coroner's office, Indiana State Police, anybody involved in something like this, it's about as bad as it gets," said Deputy Brian Jansen of the Dearborn Co. Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies have not said whether they believe the shooting was an accident or whether anyone was with the child at the time.

Officer involved shooting in Dothan

DOTHAN, AL - (2-26-16) The Dothan Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting on the Ross Clark Circle in Dothan. It happened around three o'clock on Friday afternoon at the Red Carpet Inn near the intersection of Fortner Street and Bauman Drive.

Trooper Kevin Cook from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency confirms a woman was shot by a narcotics officer from the State Bureau of Investigations. The woman's injuries are considered non-life threatening.

A law enforcement source tells WTVY the narcotics officer accidentally shot the woman. Sources say the officer was attempting to break the glass when his weapon accidentally discharged, shooting the woman.

A witness who works at a Waffle House near the scene says one truck crashed into another before law enforcement arrived. It appears two people have been arrested, but their identities have not been released.

WTVY has a reporter on the scene. Watch WTVY News 4 at 6, or follow WTVY on Facebook or Twitter (@WTVYNews4) for updates.

Gun safety top of mind at Utah ranges following 2 deadly shootings

BOUNTIFUL, UT  (2-26-16)  Matthew Franzen likes spending his free time at theBountiful Lions Rifle, Shotgun and Pistol Range.  "It’s sort of like a male knitting circle,” the gun enthusiast said.

When he’s not on the range for recreational purposes, part of Franzen's job as range safety officer is to make sure every shooter is doing it safely.  “Accidents do happen, and just like anything else you have to understand firearms are a tool with an intended purpose. You just have to be very careful handling them,” Franzen said.  In less than a week in Utah, two men have died while spotting for target shooters.

On Feb. 20, James Shurtz, 27, was accidentally shot to death by his father during a target shooting incident 20 miles west of Snowville. He was downrange from his father and acting as a spotter when he somehow got into the line of fire and was struck by a single round from a .30-caliber rifle.

Then on Tuesday, Feb. 23, Rocky Mecham, 61, of Mountain Home, Duchesne County, died after being hit while marking targets for shooters at a range in the small town of Altamont.

After two target shooting deaths, Franzen feels it's important for even longtime shooters to make sure they're doing everything right. “As a general rule, people are pretty understanding if you ask them to do things in the name of safety,” he said.  There are lots of safety rules at ranges, but Franzen said four basic rules will keep people safe:

Always act like a gun is loaded.
Never point the gun at anything you're not willing to destroy.
Keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready.
Be sure of your target, as well as what's beyond.
“It’s pretty basic stuff when you think about it, but people forget about it,” he said.
That's when accidents happen. Franzen said he’s constantly reminding people, especially as range safety officer with a streak he would like to continue.

“We’ve never had an incident when I was on duty that was actually a cause of a result of somebody being negligent,” he said.

Contributing: Viviane Vo-Duc

Man in Beaumont accidentally shot as gun falls to the floor

BEAUMONT, TX  (2-26-16)   A Beaumont Police Department spokesperson told 12News that a call about a shooting in the 6000 block of Parsons Drive turned out to be a man who accidentally knocked a gun to the floor and it fired.

It happened around 2 p.m. Friday. 

The bullet struck the man in the upper body. His injuries are said to be non life threatening. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

No one else was involved in the incident.

Teen shot twice in the chest

MOBILE, AL (2-26-16) Yet another teenager in Mobile has fallen victim to gun violence. An 18-year-old is fighting for his life.

Just seconds after shots rang out, one witness used his cell phone to capture the dramatic events.  It happened on Westwood Street around 2:30 Friday afternoon.  In the cell phone video, you can hear the victim say to by-standers: "tell them I love them."   

Witnesses said the 18-year-old victim was riding in a white Malibu when he was shot twice in the chest.   The victim rolled out of the car onto the street, and the car crashed into a pole a few yards away. 
Witnesses said a woman and a young child were in that car, too.   By-standers tended to the teen while waiting for an ambulance, praying for him, and holding his hand, telling him "it's going to be alright." 

Police said the teen's injuries are life-threatening.  Police said the shooter "was seen fleeing the scene." 
A witness said the woman and small child also left the scene in the white Malibu before police arrived.
About three hours later, police located that vehicle on Tanglewood Drive.   Police took photos and dusted the car for prints.   No arrests have been made.

If you know anything about this crime, do the right thing, and call Mobile Police immediately. 

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