Friday, March 18, 2016

Virginia 12 yr old: now 30 children involved in March gun negligence; man kills brother handing him gun

SAPD: Man accidentally shoots, kills brother Incident is latest shooting on city's East Side

SAN ANTONIO (3-17-16) A man was shot and killed accidentally by his own brother overnight, San Antonio police said Thursday.

The incident occurred just before midnight Wednesday in the 4400 block of Hampstead Street, found near South W. W. White Road and Rigsby Avenue on the city' s East Side.

Police said the victim, Jemichal Hardy, 26, had asked his brother to hand him the gun when it accidentally went off.

Police said the brother involved in the shooting was arrested.  There is no word however on if the arrest was related to the shooting, or what the charges are.

Police: Boy Accidentally Shoots Himself in Annandale

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA (3-17-16) Fairfax County Police say that a 12-year-old boy accidentally shot himself late Wednesday night in Annandale.

Mason patrol officers responded to the 7800 block of Thor Drive (see map below) late Wednesday night, just after 11 p.m., for a report of a shot person, according to police.

When they arrived, police found a 12-year-old boy in front of the address, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the lower body, police said.

Officers used their issued trauma kit to render first aid until rescue arrived, they said. Police said the gunshot injury was non-life-threatening.

A preliminary investigation suggests that the wound was unintentionally self-inflicted, police said. The investigation is ongoing, but there was never any apparent threat to public safety, according to police.

When contacted, police would not release any other details.

There is no word on who called police, what kind of gun it was, who owned the gun, if it is legally registered, where it was kept or how the boy happened to gain access to it.

Also, it appears the boy was home alone, but information was not available from police on whether that was the case or not.

Children in Fairfax County age 11 to 12 years old may be left alone for up to 3 hours, are not to be left alone late at night or in circumstances requiring inappropriate responsibility.

The Fairfax County Police Department has seen an increase in firearms related accidents which occur in residences, according to the department and offers these gun safety tips:

Always treat guns as if they are loaded. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Whether you are shooting or simply handling a gun, never point it at yourself or others. Common sense should dictate which direction is safest. In a single family or townhouse for example, the lowest floor of the residence such as the basement is generally the safest place to point the gun. Being mindful of the fact that a bullet can penetrate ceilings, floors, walls, windows and doors.

Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. Whether loading or unloading a gun, rest your finger outside the trigger guard alongside the gun. Do not touch the trigger.

Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. If you do not know how to check to see if a gun is unloaded, leave it alone. Carefully secure it, being certain to point it safely and to keep you finger off the trigger. Seek the advice of a person in the household who is knowledgeable in handling firearms for assistance.

Keep firearms secured in approved gun lockers or safes. Keep ammunition separated. By separating ammunition from the firearm, it will further ensure safety in the household in case there is any unauthorized handling of the firearm. Gun locks are also encouraged as an added level of security.

Woman wounded in accidental shooting in Mesquite

Mesquite, Tx (3-18-16) Mesquite police responded to a shooting Thursday afternoon in the 3000 block of Cantura Drive. Arriving officers found a 53-year-old female with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The shooting victim was treated and released from a local hospital. Investigating officers determined the shooting was accidental, and there is no danger to the public.

Police respond to shooting victim in Fort Myers

Fort Myers, Fl (3-17-16) A victim of a gunshot wound was driven to Lee Memorial Hospital by a third party Thursday night, but declined to cooperate with an investigation, police said.

The shooting incident originated on Washington Avenue in Fort Myers before 8 p.m.  The victim suffered a non-life-threatening wound to the arm, said Fort Myers police Sgt. Eric Gutridge.  "We don't know if it was an accidental shooting," he said "The victim would not give us any information."

This is Thursday's third shooting incident in Fort Myers. The first incident resulted in the homicide of 23-year-old Darien DeMon Jackson just after midnight when police officers found him suffering from a gunshot wound at the Jones Walker Apartments in Blount Street.

At around 1:30 p.m., the Fort Myers Police Department responded to gunshots at a Fowler Street restaurant. Three men were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening wounds after a fight broke out at the Tropical Creole Restaurant

EM teen shoots himself in the hand while 'horsing around'

EAST MOLINE, Il (3-17-16) A 16-year-old shot himself in the hand Wednesday while "horsing around with a handgun," according to police.

The teen was with several other teens at his home in the 400 block of 14th Street when he accidentally shot himself, East Moline Police Lt. Darren Gault said.

Initially officers were called just before 5 p.m. Wednesday to the 1300 block of 13th Avenue for a report of gunshots with injury. After speaking with those involved, officers determined the shooting actually took place at the 14th Street residence, Lt. Gault said.

The teen was treated at a local hospital for a non-life-threatening injury to his hand and referred to juvenile court services for the offense of reckless discharge of a firearm, Lt. Gault said. No additional injuries or property damage was reported, and authorities have not released the teen's name.

Police found a handgun at the 14th Street residence and determined it had been illegally obtained, Lt. Gault said. The source of the gun remains under investigation.

Aiken man claims he accidentally shot man in neighboring apartment

Aiken, SC (3-17-16) Department of Public Safety officers arrested an Aiken man Tuesday after he allegedly shot a 37-year-old Williston man through the wall of a Fairfield Street apartment.

Michael Harley, 30, of 433 Fairfield St., is being charged with discharging a firearm in the city, possession of a pistol and possession of cocaine, second offense.

Officers were called to a Fairfield Street apartment around 4 p.m. Tuesday in response to man being shot in the knee, according to a report provided by the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Investigators found a bullet hole in the wall of the apartment, which was consistent with a gun shot from the adjacent apartment, according to the report.

Officers knocked on the neighboring apartment and got no answer; a woman approached a short time later, claiming to live at the apartment with Harley and said they both fled the scene after the shot was fired, the report said.

The woman called Harley to get him to return, and they both claimed Harley was playing with his pistol when it accidentally fired, according to the report.

Harley admitted to officers his firearms were at a neighbor’s house where he hid them; officers went to the neighbor’s residence where they retrieved a .380 semi automatic pistol, which came back stolen, and an assault rifle, according to the report.

Harley was searched before being arrested and a $1 bill containing a small amount of cocaine was also found in his pocket, the report said.

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital by EMS, with non-life-threatening injuries.  Harley is still being held at the Aiken County detention center as of Thursday afternoon.

Tripp Girardeau is the crime and courts reporter with the Aiken Standard.

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