Thursday, March 3, 2016

6 yr old girl shot in head; man dies taking selfie; shot intruder- his mom

Sanford police arrest man in accidental shooting death of 6-year-old
Cops: 6-year-old A'letha Burke killed while handling unsecured gun

SANFORD, Fl. (3-2-16) - Sanford police said on Wednesday they have arrested a man in the accidental shooting death of a 6-year-old girl.

The fatal shooting happened around 8:25 p.m. Tuesday on Highlawn Avenue near State Road 46A and South French Avenue.

Erik Dominick Williams has been charged with child neglect with great bodily harm and unsafe storage of a firearm after 6-year-old A'letha Amanii Marie Burke was injured while handling an unsecured firearm that accidentally discharged, according to police.

A'letha was taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was pronounced dead, Sanford police said.

Police said during the investigation, they found that Williams knew the firearm was stored without any safety mechanisms under the living room sofa where it was easily accessible, and that Williams let A'letha play in the area where the gun was stored.

Williams was taken to Seminole County jail.

Crime scene investigators spent hours at the home, and an investigation is ongoing, with additional charges possibly following.

Watch News 6 and stay with for more on this story.

Man dies after accidentally shooting himself taking a selfie

CONCRETE, Wash.  (3-3-16) –  A 43-year-old man has died after authorities say he accidentally shot himself in the face while taking selfies.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports the man and his girlfriend were photographing themselves with the weapon on Sunday at a residence when he shot himself.

Skagit County Sheriff's Office Patrol Chief Chad Clark says the woman reported that she and the man had taken photos with the gun several times that day and that the man had loaded and unloaded bullets multiple times.

Clark says a bullet apparently remained in the gun the final time he fired.

The death is being investigated as accidental. The man's name has not been released.

Steens man accidentally shoots mother              (defense)

Steens, Ms  (3-2-16)  A woman is in the hospital after being accidentally shot by her son Tuesday night, according to authorities. 
The incident occurred at a residence along Harrison Road about 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to Capt. Ryan Rickert with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office. Emergency crews who responded to the scene said the shooting appeared to be accidental, according to Rickert. 
Rickert said initial reports indicate the son shot someone entering the residence. Unbeknownst to him, the person was his mother. The son began to drive his mother to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and was met en route by an ambulance, said Rickert. 
Authorities declined to identify the people involved. 
The incident remains under investigation.

Teen shooting likely accidental, police say

Winchester, Il   (3-2-16) A 17-year-old boy was being treated Wednesday at a Springfield hospital after being shot in Winchester, authorities said.

The boy, who was not identified by authorities, was flown to a Springfield hospital after being taken to Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville shortly after midnight Wednesday. His condition was unavailable.

Winchester Police Patrolman Bob Smith said police were called to an East Lewis Street residence and found the injured boy and two others at the house. He said it appears the shooting was accidental, but the investigation is continuing.

Deputies: Man accidentally shot himself, made up 'shootout' story in Mount Clemens (lied)

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mi.   (3-2-16)  - A man accidentally shot himself in the leg Friday afternoon but called 911 and said he was shot by another person who was involved in a "shootout," according to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office. 

Deputies got the call about 3 p.m. Friday about a shootout between two men in Mount Clemens. A 49-year-old man had called 911 to report he had been struck by a bullet near Court and Park streets, where he said he saw two men crossing the intersection draw guns and start shooting at one another. One of the bullets hit him, he said.

Teen accidentally shot himself

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (3-2-16)  An accidental shooting lands a teen in the hospital, that's according to cops.   Action 10 News was told the shooting happened Tuesday night in the garage of a home on the 6300 block of Hanley Drive.

Cops say an 18 year old man was driven to the hospital by friend after he accidentally shot himself in the stomach.  The friend reportedly told officers that the victim was showing him a handgun when it fired.   The incident is still under investigation.

The victim remains in the hospital.  His condition is unknown.

Man accidentally shoots himself in leg, then friend arrested

Bibb County, Ga  (3-2-16)  A 23-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the leg at a gas station in south Bibb County on Tuesday night after handling a .22-caliber firearm belonging to his gun-toting friend who was arrested on the scene, according to an incident report from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

Travis Martin was with two of his friends, twin 21-year-old brothers, at a Chevron gas station on Houston Road about 8:30 p.m. when deputies found him in the passenger seat of a black Chrysler bleeding below his left knee, the report said.

Korey Icard, one of the twins who has a legal carrying permit, told deputies he laid his gun on the driver's seat before going in the gas station, the report said. Icard's brother told deputies he was sitting on the hood of the car, facing away from Martin when the shot was fired.

Martin, who was taken to a hospital for treatment, told deputies he accidentally discharged a round into his leg while holding the gun, according to the sheriff's office.

A search of the car revealed a .40-caliber rifle, multiple loaded magazines, ammo boxes as well as six bags of suspected marijuana and a scale. Korey Icard said the green tactical bag belonged to him. He was arrested and taken to the Bibb County jail on charges including reckless conduct with a weapon and possession of marijuana, according to the report.

Festus man shoots self in thigh at Hillsboro-friend’s home

Festus, Mo  (3-2-16)  A 25-year-old Festus man accidentally shot himself in the thigh Monday evening (Feb. 29) at a friend’s home in Hillsboro, authorities report.
The injury was not life threatening, but doctors did not remove the bullet, Hillsboro Police Chief Charles Bennett said.
“They decided to leave the bullet in, saying it could do more damage to take it out than leave it in,” Bennett said. “He (the victim) was treated and released at (midnight) March 1.”
Bennett said the incident occurred around 9 p.m. in the 4700 block of Oakwood Drive.
“The victim was looking at his friend’s 9 mm Luger and emptied the chamber – thought it was empty,” Bennett said. “He pulled the trigger and shot himself in the left thigh.”
Bennett said no charges are being considered.
“It was determined to be an accident,” he said.
Bennett said police impounded the weapon, but the victim’s friend owns it legally and police will return it to him when the investigation is concluded.
After the shooting, the victim was transported by Valle Ambulance to St. Anthony’s Medical Center in south St. Louis County.


  1. Thanks for the post.The cases of killings, shootouts and murders are simply an issue of great disgrace for any nation, but being a nation with gun culture USA is facing this great problem. The reason is that people having guns don't think about the moral obligations associated with having that dangerous weapon of killing and a device for safety. The guns should be given only to those who abide by the laws.
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    1. Thank you for your comment and for reading. Awareness is my goal, and if we see and talk about gun negligence my hope is we'll address it.