Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Toddler, 2, finds gun in purse; 10 yr old picks up gun, it fires; Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Florida teens shot by teens playing with guns

Hart County accidental shooting

CUB RUN, Ky. (3-21-16) A Hart County teen was taken to University of Louisville Hospital after being accidentally shot over the weekend.

Kentucky State Police says the preliminary investigation shows the 15-year-old accidentally shot by another teenager in the Cub Run area.  At last word he was in critical but stable condition.

Police are not releasing the names of those involved since they are juveniles.


Stephen C. Routt killed in accidental shooting in Sharpsburg, Kentucky

Sharpsburg, Ky (3-21-16) A 60-year-old man identified as Stephen C. Routt has died after accidentally shooting himself while attempting to store his firearm at a residence in the community of Sharpsburg in Kentucky, troopers say.

The accident happened at about 11:55 a.m. on Monday when Kentucky State Police Post 8 Morehead troopers were called to a fatal shooting at 95 Bethel Ridge Road in Sharpsburg, which is a small city located in Bath County.

A state police spokesman said 60-year-old Stephen C. Routt, age 60, of Sharpsburg, was found to have sustained fatal injuries after a disassembled firearm was accidentally discharged while Routt attempted to store the firearm for travel.

Trooper Brandon Burton is leading the investigation into Monday's fatal shooting.


DeKalb cops: Toddler finds gun in mother’s purse, shoots himself

LITHONIA, Ga. (3-21-16)A 2-year-old boy who found a handgun inside his mother’s purse and accidentally shot himself in the abdomen is expected to survive, a DeKalb County police spokesman said Monday afternoon.

Officers responded about 2:30 a.m. to a call about a child shot at a Knights Inn on Panola Road in Lithonia, DeKalb police Maj. Stephen Fore said.

“The mother heard a gunshot and found her 2-year-old [son] had been shot in the abdomen,” he said.

Police were investigating a shooting that critically injured a 2-year-old boy Mon., March 21, 2016. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

The family is from North Carolina and arrived at the DeKalb hotel Sunday evening, police said.

The toddler was rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston in critical condition and immediately taken into surgery, Fore said.

Investigators interviewed the child’s mother and another woman in the room with the wounded toddler. The gun used in the shooting was recovered at the scene, Fore said.

Charges have not been filed in the accidental shooting.

“The investigation is ongoing,” Fore said. “It may be a day or two before detectives gather enough facts to determine if any charges will be filed.”


Child accidentally shoots relative

Palestine, Tx (3-21-16) An Elkhart woman died Sunday from an accidental gunshot wound to the head by a child.

The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon, said Sheriff Greg Taylor, when a child, under 10 years old, picked up a rifle while in the room with an adult relative who was cleaning weapons. The gun discharged in the child's hand with the bullet going through a closed door hitting a female relative in the head.

Deputies responded at 4:34 p.m. to the 300 block of Anderson County Road 1370, and the woman was transported to the Palestine Regional Medical Center. She was later flown to Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler. Carmen Danielle Morris, 23, of Elkhart died on Sunday in Tyler.

Morris and the male relative watching the child are married; however, the child is not theirs, Taylor said. Child Protective Services was called to investigate because two other children inside the house at the time of the shooting. The husband was questioned, Taylor said.

Deputies continue to investigate the incident, but believe there was nothing more than a tragic accident at this time, Taylor said.


14-year-old charged with homicide in friend's death

Mount Pleasant, Pa (3-21-16) 14-year-old boy was charged with homicide after he allegedly shot his friend while playing with a gun Sunday.

John Burnsworth, 14, of Mount Pleasant told police he was playing with the gun when it went off, according to the affidavit.

The victim was identified by the Westmoreland County coroner as James Gustafson, 13, of Mount Pleasant.

Mount Pleasant police Officer Justin James found him dead on the kitchen floor, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

He found the gun on the front porch and placed it into evidence, according to the affidavit.

Police said Burnsworth told police he was playing with the gun when it went off. Police were called to the residence at 151 South Church St. just before 7 p.m. Sunday, according to the affidavit.

Deputy Coroner Timothy O'Donnell pronounced the victim dead about one hour after the call.

A witness told police she heard a bang and saw Burnsworth lowering the gun. Several witnesses were at the scene, according to the affidavit.

Burnsworth is charged with homicide and possession of a firearm by a minor, according to court documents. He was arraigned at 12:45 a.m. Monday by Magisterial District Judge Roger F. Eckels.

Burnsworth is being held without bail at the county juvenile detention center.


Soldiers, friends: One shot, one charged with murder

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (3-21-16) The alleged shooting death of one paratrooper by another Saturday night stunned neighbors who said the two men were close.

Ryan Daniel Walker, 24, and Myles David Penix, 27, were members of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Bragg and were friends in the unit and on social media.

Both were at a party at Penix's house and the one next door Saturday in the Lands End complex off Morganton Road.

On Monday, Walker faced a Cumberland County judge, charged with the murder of his friend.

Just before midnight on Saturday, police were called to the scene of what was described as an accidental shooting.

"When officers arrived on scene, the victim was discovered on the floor of the living room with a single gunshot wound to the chest," police investigator Laura Downing told the court.

The investigation quickly identified Walker as the suspected shooter.

"There was some alcohol involved during these parties that may have played a factor into this," Downing said. "We're still looking into that."

Neighbor Tammi Scarborough said Penix had a wife and young child.  "We always speak," she said. "I've seen him and his wife and the baby."

Penix was originally from California and had served in the Navy before joining the Army, according to a statement released after his death.


Cops: 15-year-old Apopka girl killed while teens played with gun

Apopka, Fl (3-21-16) Several teens were messing around with a gun Saturday at an Apopka home when it fired, striking and killing 15-year-old Destiny Bargman.

Destiny, who was rushed to a local hospital, later died from her injuries and police said a 16-year-old boy has been arrested on a second-degree murder charge.

The teen is not being identified by the Orlando Sentinel because of his age.

Police have released few details about what led up to the shooting but said Destiny and the 16-year-old were with a group of teens at a home on the 1000 block of Sheeler Hills Drive.

Someone brought a gun to the house and the boy, along with several others, were shooting it in the backyard, according to the Joint Homicide Investigation Team, a regional agency based out of the Orlando Police Department.

Officers said several people called Apopka police about 12:45 p.m. to report a shooting.

At some point, the group moved inside and continued to "play" with the gun in a bedroom, police said.

"While that was going on, Destiny was shot," Orlando police spokeswoman Michelle Guido said.

Emergency crews responded after someone in the house called 911.

Orange County school district officials said Destiny attended Wekiva High School in Apopka.

"Our hearts go out to the family at this difficult time," a schools spokeswoman said.

Orlando police Sgt. Ian Berkman said detectives aren't searching for any additional suspects.

Destiny is the second 15-year-old shot and killed in Orange County in a week.

On March 12, Antwan Davis of Ocoee was found on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his head. The Orange County Sheriff's Office on Friday arrested a 17-year-old on a second-degree murder charge stemming from his death.

Destiny is the seventh Central Florida teenager killed in a shooting since Jan. 1.


Gun Accidentally Shot into the Room of a Baby in Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro, Tn (3-21-16)    A bullet hole was discovered in the room of a baby behind the dirty clothes hamper on Sunday.

Murfreesboro Police were summoned to the home in the 1500 block of Cason Trail on Sunday after a woman found the bullet hole while gathering dirty laundry from the hamper in the room of her newborn. The bullet evidently entered the room, went through the clothing hamper and into the sheet-rock of a closet. Police confirmed the bullet entered into the outside of the home and while on the scene photographed the siding where the bullet ripped into the outside wall. A second bullet hole was found on the outside of the neighbor's home as well.

When officers spoke to the neighbor, he told police that he accidentally discharged his friends Hi Point 995 Rifle. He told the authorities that he thought the bullet only went through the wall of his home and not his neighbors. Luckily, no one was injured.

The Hi Point rifle and a 9mm bullet were seized for evidence. The neighbor who told police he did not know anything about guns was charged with reckless endangerment and vandalism.

Source: MPD Incident #16-5606


Dayton man accidentally shoots leg while cleaning gun

DAYTON, Oh (3-21-16) Dayton police were called to Miami Valley Hospital on the report of a man who accidentally shot himself in the upper leg.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Monday in the 700 block of East Stewart Street in Dayton.

The man was cleaning his .22 caliber revolver in his bedroom with a woman present when a “cartridge got stuck and he tried to get it out,” and that’s when the gun went off, according to a Dayton police report.

After the gun went off, the man reportedly stayed calm and asked for something to put pressure on the gunshot wound.

The two then reportedly got into a vehicle and the woman drove him to the hospital to be treated.


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