Monday, March 14, 2016

Mt Carmel couple lives in squalor but have a nice new gun; which they shot themselves with.

Man hurt in accidental Park Manor shooting

Chicago, Il (3-13-16) An 18-year-old man was injured in an accidental shooting Sunday afternoon in Park Manor on the South Side.

He was shot in the right arm about 3:30 p.m. in the 7000 block of South Eberhart and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition, according to Chicago Police.

The person who accidentally shot him was taken into custody for questioning Sunday night, police said.

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MOUNT CARMEL, PA (3-13-16)  Man hit in hand, woman in fingers, leg Couple hospitalized but should be OK; unrelated gun scare ups tension in MC

 A shooting Saturday afternoon hospitalized a borough couple with non-life-threatening wounds and is believed to have been accidental.

While the discharge of the gun wasn’t intentional, the coincidental timing of a man being spotted with a handgun three blocks from the scene of the shooting elevated tensions and expanded the large police presence to include a helicopter.

It took another two hours before police ruled that the incidents were unrelated, and the man seen with the handgun was never found.

Police from Mount Carmel Township, Kulpmont, Shamokin, Ralpho Township and state police, as well as Constable Patrick Reynolds, assisted borough cops with the two calls until police figured out exactly what had transpired.

Mount Carmel Borough Police Chief Todd Owens said police were dispatched to 418 E. Third St. at 1:13 p.m., where an unidentified man and a women were found with gunshot wounds from what is believed to be a single shot. The couple were admitted to Geisinger were admitted to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Allegedly the male was showing the .40 caliber Springfield XD to someone when the weapon accidentally discharged. The bullet traveled through his hand and grazed two of the woman’s finger before passing through her leg.

Names of the victims were not being released until family members are notified, Owens said.

He said the gunshot victims along with two male guests in the house were questioned separately at the scene, and their stories were “fairly” consistent. He said all people involved claimed to have heard no more than one shot fired in the incident which took place near the front door.

The two guests were taken to the police station for further questioning, orange bags around their hands to protect evidence of possible gunshot residue. But both were released from custody and do not face charges.

A search warrant was filed by borough police Cpl. Dave Donkochik. While going through the home, Owens said the handgun was located in a drawer in a second floor bedroom.

Patrolman Matt Dillman questioned the couple at Geisinger, and was told that pre-call instructions from 911 dispatchers, apart from rendering first aid, is to “separate” the handgun, resulting in the couple placing it in the drawer upstairs, Owens said.

“We did get some bullet fragments from the round,” said Owens. “Everything is consistent with one round being fired.”

Infant, child in house

Owens said a 5-month-old and 15-year-old juvenile belonging to the injured couple were in the home at the time. The children were placed in the care of Northumberland County Children and Youth, and were later released to family members.

The home, according to Owens, was in deplorable condition, and the borough code enforcement office has been informed. Also, Donkochik notified and reinforced to Children and Youth that the home is not conducive to housing children, and “the house is going to have to be corrected before any of these kids go in there,” the chief said.

Charges possible

Owens said there is a possibility that charges may be filed against the male. Police must go through evidence, which includes several other firearms, collected at the scene before consulting with the district attorney about possible charges.

“Most people say this was an accident, but a firearm is not something you want to be careless or reckless with,” said Owens. “By the grace of God no one was killed today, and we just want to stress that albeit it’s your constitutional right to own a firearm, the first priority of owning one is to be responsible with it.”

Second gun scare 

The police response was further complication when a call was received around the same time from a person who spotted a man in a blue hoodie with a handgun sitting on a bank near Francis Latovich Machine Shop. The area where he was spotted was visible three blocks away from the scene of the shooting.

A helicopter from Reading Troop L was used for a period to assist in the search for the man, but it was released from service around 3:50 p.m.

Owens said several officers walked several miles throughout the surrounding wooded area looking for the male.

Police were initially unsure if the two events were related. Owens later confirmed they were not, and nothing further was learned about the man with the gun. He said the search for the man is no longer ongoing due to having little information to go on.

Good help

Owens said the assistance from neighboring departments his department received Saturday speaks volumes about Northumberland County law enforcement.

“(It) reinforces that we had two incidents potentially involving firearms that were both handled efficiently and safely,” he said.'s_Top_Stories/Accidental_shooting_hurts_2.html


GREENSBORO, NC (3-13-16) Police Department; Reference the aggravated assault involving the shooting victim that was reported to have occurred near Gatewood Avenue and Woodside Drive, this incident actually occurred on Holt avenue and is related to the other shooting victim that occurred on Holt Avenue. The shooting was accidental. The investigation is continuing to determine whether charges will be made.

6-year-old Gwinnett boy shot in chest during birthday party  

Lawrenceville, Ga (3-13-16)  A 6-year-old Gwinnett boy is expected to survive after being shot in the chest Saturday night at a neighborhood party, police said.

Gwinnett County police responded to Cannonball Court near Lawrenceville around 6:15 p.m. Saturday, finding the child with a “small wound on his chest.” The boy was “able to walk and speak normally,” and his parents thought he had been shot by a pellet or BB gun, police said. He was taken to the hospital by his mother.

“The hospital determined that the victim’s injuries were more serious than originally thought,” Gwinnett County police Sgt. Jake Smith said in an emailed statement. “The victim had actually been shot by a small caliber bullet.”

The boy, whose identity was not released, was taken to Children’s at Egleston Pediatric Hospital in Atlanta. He was in stable condition Sunday evening and expected to survive, Smith said.

“Detectives have determined that the shooting took place at a party in the neighborhood where the victim lives,” Smith said. “No suspects are in custody and no charges have been filed.”

Neighbors told Channel 2 Action News that the shooting happened during a child’s birthday party. The incident came just a day after a Gwinnett police say a 12-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself inside his Norcross-area home.

Anyone with information on Saturday’s shooting is asked to call Gwinnett police at 770-513-5300. Tipsters can also remain anonymous — and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000 — by contacting Crime Stopperes at 404-577-TIPS or

Man Accidentally Shot in Face in West Loop Sunday: Police

Chicago, Il (3-13-16) A 28-year-old man walked into Stroger Hospital after being accidentally shot in his face early Sunday morning, police said.

Around 4:40 a.m., the man was sitting in a car with three other people in the 1000 block of West Randolph Street, according to Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago Police spokeswoman.

The group was passing around a gun when it went off and hit the man in his face, Sedevic said.

The man's condition stabilized after he was treated at the hospital, Sedevic said.

Police could not immediately confirm whether anyone is in custody, or if charges are pending.

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