Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Two more toddlers shot, one dead and a teen dead among the gun negligence today

Man makes up shootout story after accidentally shooting self

MOUNT CLEMENS, MI  (2-29-16) — A Mount Clemens man had authorities searching for two armed gunmen Feb. 26 after claiming he had been caught in the crossfire of a shootout near the city’s downtown area.

Macomb County Sheriff’s Lt. John Michalke said the 49-year-old man claimed he was traveling in a motorized wheelchair near Park and Court streets at around 3 p.m. when he found himself in the middle of a gunfight between two other men.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the man still on the phone with dispatch with a gunshot wound to his left calf.

The man was transported to McLaren Macomb hospital for treatment where he painted an elaborate picture of what had occurred, Michalke said. The man said he was on his way home from a liquor store when the alleged shootout occurred. He gave descriptions of both shooters to detectives and claimed at least a dozen shots had been fired.

Michalke said deputies were able to quickly determine that no shootout occurred as there was no evidence at the scene. In addition, the sheriff’s office received no other calls about gunfire in the area.
“It was an accidental shooting; he accidentally shot himself,” said Michalke. “There was no shootout.”

The man later admitted that he made up the story because he had accidentally shot himself with his own gun. That gun was never found after investigators received a search warrant of the man’s home on N. Broadway, Michalke said.  The man’s name has not yet been released. He is expected to be formally charged and arraigned March 1.


Family: Teen dies after apparent accidental shooting

PALATKA, Fl.  (2-29-16) - According to family, a 17-year-old boy died Monday night after he apparently accidentally shot himself in the head with a handgun.

The Palatka Police Department said the shooting happened about 5 p.m. Monday on Benham Street in Palatka.  According to police, other teens were there and they are interviewing witnesses to find out exactly what happened.

The teen was taken to the Putnam Community Medical Center and then flown to Shands Hospital in Gainesville in critical condition. At about 10:50pm, family told News4Jax they were notified the teenager died.

Police have not identified the victim, but family told News4Jax he attends Palatka High School.
The Palatka Police Department is investigating the incident.


Five-year-old shot in Spartanburg

Spartanburg, SC  (2-29-16) A 5-year-old child was hospitalized after deputies say he was accidentally shot Monday.

Spartanburg County Sheriff's deputies responded to 340 Rowe St. a little after 7:40 p.m. Monday, said Master Deputy Darren Dukes. "It appears to be an accidental shooting," he said.  Dukes said the child was taken to Spartanburg Medical Center before being flown to Greenville to be treated for his injuries.

The circumstances of the shooting are still unknown at this time, Dukes said.


Man Injured in Accidental Shooting

Milwaukee, Wi  (3-1-16) The Milwaukee Police are investigating what appears to be a accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound.  A 24-year-old Milwaukee man was treated for a non-life threatening wound at a local hospital.  According to the MPD, the shooting occurred around 7:05 PM on February 29 in the 6200 block of North Denmark Street.  What lead up to the accidental shooting is not clear at this time.  The MPD is continuing to investigate the incident.


Hamilton County Sheriff's Office tight-lipped after toddler shot, killed in Apison

Apison, Tn  (3-1-16)  A 3-year-old boy was shot and killed outside his home in Apison early Monday, and investigators are keeping quiet about exactly what happened.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office won't say whether Gavin Pittman shot himself or was shot by another person, will not say whether the shooting was accidental, and won't discuss what type of weapon was used.

Gavin was inside the family's minivan when he was shot around 9:18 a.m., sheriff's spokesman Matt Lea said. He declined to say whether anyone else was with Gavin inside the van — which was parked outside the house — because of the ongoing investigation.

As authorities worked the scene Monday, neighbors gathered near the yellow tape in the quiet, rural neighborhood. A woman in a blood-soaked gray T-shirt declined to speak with the Times Free Press. She smoked a cigarette as she walked in the area near the home, which is tucked at the bottom of a pothole-filled dirt road.

The family has lived there for several years, neighbors said.  "They definitely care about those kids," Janet McElroy said. "They love their kids."  Gavin was an especially rambunctious toddler, another neighbor said.

The boy's family declined to speak with the Times Free Press. His death comes months after a high-profile incident in Clarksville, Tenn., where a 2-year-old boy was shot and killed in October 2015. Authorities later arrested the boy's stepfather and said the man plotted to kill the toddler.

And in January, a 7-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the head after he was left alone in a vehicle with three other children. In that case, one child found a loaded, semi-automatic pistol inside a purse.

None of the toddlers who have been killed in the city of Chattanooga during the last five years were shot to death, according to The Toll, a Times Free Press database of homicides. Since 2011, three children ages four and younger have been killed within the city limits.

Tatiana Emerson, 3, and Tyre'Ke Evans, 4, were beaten to death. Demarcus Bryant, 1, died from an overdose when a caretaker put a powerful drug pain patch on his back.

Zoey Duncan, now 2, was shot and paralyzed from the chest down during a home invasion in Chattanooga in January 2015 — she survived.


Man shot on Worchester Drive in serious but stable condition

MEDFORD. OR  (22-29-16) - Police said a 42-year-old was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford Monday after being shot in the torso.

Lieutenant Mike Budreau with Medford Police Department said the man was trying to take his father's gun. He said the Medford resident is not allowed to have firearms because he is a felon. The father tried taking away the gun and that is when it accidentally went off.

Their names have not been released. No one has been arrested.

Police said the victim was alive on scene but was taken to the hospital with what appears to be a non-life threatening wound. His condition is listed as serious but stable.

Update: The initial prognosis from the hospital is that the victim has a good chance to survive. Still early, but good news.
We responded to a shooting in the 900 block of Worchester Drive (off Kingswood). One adult male has been transported to RRMC with a gunshot wound to the torso. The initial information suggests the shooting was accidental after a struggle over a gun. However, the case remains under investigation. No suspects are outstanding.


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