Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Mom pulled gun to scare son during fight, accidentally shot him dead; Young men 17 and 23, shot at different parties playing with guns

Turkey hunter shot in face by hunting partner

Carroll County, Ms(3-28-16) A hunting trip that went dangerously wrong ended with a hunter being shot in the face and hospitalized.

According to Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks' Lt. Chris Reed, Curtis L. Entrekin, 63, of Madison and and Charles G. Childs, 69, of Brandon were turkey hunting in Carroll County Friday morning. Reed said the two were together but had separated at some point during the morning. Childs was returning to the area where the two parted when he was shot.

"The victim was walking along a logging road up a hill when the shooter saw what he thought was a turkey," Reed said.  When Entrekin realized what he had done, Reed said the man rendered aid and called for help.

"He was airlifted to UMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center)," Reed said. "They removed 26 pellets from his face and neck area. He may have some damage to his left eye."

Although the incident appears to be accidental, Reed said MDWFP officers are still working on the case.  "It's very early in the investigation," Reed said. "We're still looking into it."  Part of that investigation includes taking and testing a blood sample of the shooter for narcotics and alcohol, Reed said.

Reed said it appears to be a case of a hunter mistaking another for game. In a similar incident in December, a hunter shot and killed his son in the Delta National Forest after mistaking him for a wild hog.  Reed said shootings such as these clearly point out the need for hunters to positively identify what they are shooting at beyond a shadow of a doubt before they pull a trigger.  "We cannot stress this enough," Reed said. "A split-second mistake can have lifelong consequences."

Reed said the victim was released from UMMC on Saturday.


Police investigate after Gardiner man shoots self in leg

Gardiner, Me (3-28-16) Gardiner police are investigating a Sunday night incident in which they believe a local man accidentally shot himself in the leg in a Pleasant Street apartment.

Two Gardiner and two Maine State Police officers responded to an apartment complex on Pleasant Street to investigate a report of an accident at 9:56 p.m. Sunday.  When they arrived, according to Gardiner Police Chief James Toman, they found a 31-year-old Gardiner man outside who had suffered a gunshot wound.  Toman said the shooting took place inside an apartment, where the man was with several people. He was unarmed and outside when police arrived.  He was taken by Gardiner Rescue to MaineGeneral Medical Center where he was treated for a leg injury and released, Toman said.

Toman declined to identify the man because the investigation is ongoing, and he could face charges related to the incident.

Toman said alcohol was involved.  “At this point the investigation led us to believe it is a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Toman said. “Indications are it was accidental.”  Toman said at no time was the general public in danger because of the incident.

Police took possession of the weapon, a semi-automatic handgun.


17 year old dead after Sunday shooting

Linclon County, Ms (3-28-16) When authorities arrived on the scene they found James Wesley Blazier shot in the head. Blazier was transported to Kings Daughter Medical Center and then to UMC where he died according to Lincoln County Coroner William McMorris. He was pronounced dead at 2:56 a.m.

Steven Evans, also 17, has been charged with manslaughter in what appears to be an accidental shooting.

A group of students were having a party Saturday night and at some point began to handle firearms. Evans was holding a pistol when it discharged striking Blazier in the head. The homeowners were out of town at the time of the party.


Police Investigating Accidental Weekend Shooting

Butler County , Pa (3-28-16) Police are continuing to investigate after a man was accidentally shot in Jefferson Township over the weekend.

The incident happened at a home on Bullcreek Road Friday night, authorities say.

A group of friends were hanging out when one of them pulled a handgun from a holster, causing the gun to go off. It hit a 23-year-old man in the leg.

The man- who has not been identified- was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  So far, no charges have been filed.


Mother charged with shooting 17-year-old son; claims it was accidental

Memphis, Tn (2-28-26) A mother admitted to shooting her 17-year-old son Monday morning, but she said it was an accident.

The teen went to St. Francis Hospital, but was later taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.  The incident happened at Golden Park and Sandy Park.

The mother, Sherry Gray, called police earlier when her son ran away from home. He ended up returning home the same night. The mother told police she made her son get into her car and take her to the house of the son’s girlfriend, where he ran to after running away from home.

She then told police while they were in the car, her son got upset and started hitting her. The teen tried to get out of the car when his mother pulled out a handgun, pointed it at him, and shot him.

She told police she wanted to scare him but she did not intend to pull the trigger and shoot him.

Mark Stamps, who lives nearby, heard the incident unfolding and came out to see what was going on.

"His shoulder...I guess his shoulder was hurting and he was crying," Stamps said. "She was like, 'Get in the car.' To me, she should get charged for that, because you don't scare a child with a gun. You don't point a gun at a child at all, really. Like, that's a charge right there. You shouldn't do that."

After the shooting, the two drove home to get into the boy's brother's car and he drove both of them to St. Francis Hospital.

The teen's condition is currently unknown.

Gray faces one count of aggravated assault/domestic violence.


Police use sweatshirt, belt as makeshift care for gunshot wound

Des Moines, Ia (3-28-16) Police officers used a belt and sweatshirt as makeshift care for a man's gunshot wound at the scene of a reportedly accidental shooting Saturday, according to a police report.

At about 5:45 p.m., Des Moines police responded to a report of an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound at an apartment in the 400 block of Philip Street.

Police found a man lying on the floor of the apartment building with a gunshot wound to his leg, according to the police report.

Officers rushed to grab a belt that was lying next to the man and used it as a makeshift tourniquet to treat the man's wound, which was "behind his right knee and calf area," as officers waited for ambulance medics to arrive, according to the police report. An officer also grabbed a sweatshirt that was lying on the ground and used it to apply pressure to treat the open wound.

Other officers soon arrived with an actual tourniquet, and medics arrived soon after to transport the man to a hospital, according to the police report.

Police questioned shooting witnesses and collected a sawed-off pump shotgun from the scene, according to the police report.  No other injuries were reported.  Details on how the accidental shooting happened were not available in the police report.


Police blotter Man shoots his hand with gun

Grovetown, Ga (3-23-16)   A Grovetown man was treated at Doctors Hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the hand.

According to reports, police responded to the hospital after being called about an accidental shooting.


Deputy: Hunter accidentally shot, killed self after fall

ANDALUSIA, Al  (3-29-16) Authorities believe that a turkey hunter accidentally shot and killed himself after he fell down a ravine in southern Alabama.

Covington County Chief Deputy David Anderson tells news outlets that the body of 67-year-old Jonathan Hugh Sellers was found dead Monday in a ravine on the man's property. Sellers had been reported missing earlier that morning while hunting turkeys outside of Andalusia.

Anderson says the man appeared to have fallen into the ravine, which caused his gun to discharge. He was struck in the upper area of his body.

Investigators have ruled Sellers' death as accidental.


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