Friday, April 8, 2016

Boys 9 and 11 find guns in the home, accidentally shoot selves. Girl 15 shot by boy playing with gun

Police: Baton Rouge man dies after reported accidental shooting in Lafayette

Baton Rouge, La (4-7-16) UPDATED, 12:35 p.m. A 21-year-old Baton Rouge man has of injuries from a reported accidental shooting overnight in Lafayette, police said. They identified the victim as Colin Norwood.

Police said their investigation is ongoing.

ORIGINAL STORY: 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Lafayette police responded to reports of an accidental shooting at an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Bertrand Drive. When officers arrived, they found the victim with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The victim was transported to a hospital, where he was in critical condition. Detectives were interviewing a second 21-year-old man who was in the apartment at the time of the shooting.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Father arrested after 11-year-old son accidentally shoots himself in the butt

Detroit, Mi (4-7-16) An 11-year-old boy is in the hospital after accidentally shooting himself Thursday morning. It happened in an apartment at the corner of Vernor and Hubbard in southwest Detroit.

“He was home alone,” said Commander Whitney Walton. “His father had left early for work and what our information is, he told the son, there is a rifle in the house if anything happens.”

The boy somehow found the loaded weapon. According to police, he started playing with it and it went off.

The child was in the buttocks. With no one phones in the home to call for help, he alerted his dad about the shooting through Facebook.

“The son had a cell phone but apparently recently lost it,” said Commander Walton. “I guess there was not a home phone for him to call his father so that was the only tool he had was social media to reach out to his father through instant message.”

His dad immediately called 911 and returned home. The boy was taken to the hospital where we are told he is in stable condition and walking.

“I think leaving an 11-year-old with a loaded rifle is a reckless act,” said Commander Walton. “I mean, you should not have an 11-year-old home alone with a rifle you have made them aware of. I mean, you need to have your weapon secured, put somewhere. Children are children. They’re going be curious.”

Police are still investigating to see how the child was able to shoot himself in the butt.

The child’s father is cooperating with police. Neighbors are relieved the child is okay.

“I don’t know how he had access to the gun,” said neighbor Alicia Dixon. “But from what I see and what I know his father is a terrific dad. I can tell by the way they interact with each other.”

The father has been arrested and could face charges. The case is being investigated by DPD’s Child Abuse Unit and Child Protective Services.

Police: Man accidentally shot himself in the hand while cleaning his gun

Cumberland County, Pa (4-7-16) A 21-year-old man Cumberland County man accidentally shot himself in the hand while cleaning his gun early Wednesday morning, state police said.

The accident occurred just after 11 a.m. along the first block of Rapuano Way in Dickinson Township, police said.

The man, identified as Tyler Steven Smeltz, "negligently discharged his firearm while cleaning it, striking himself in the left hand," according to a press release from the police.

Smelt was taken to the Hershey Medical Center for treatment. Police did not provided further information about the incident.

N. Cornwall police commended for shooting investigation

N. Cornwall, Pa (4-7-16) The North Cornwall Township supervisors commended the police department Tuesday night for its investigation and arrest of a 19-year old township resident in a shooting on Monday that left another 19-year-old critically wounded.

Dajour Harrison of 1807 Chestnut St. was arraigned on charges of criminal attempted involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person in the accidental shooting of Palmyra resident Devin Evans early Monday morning at a home on Chestnut Street, reported Tuesday.

“We don’t get many violent crimes in the township, and after 32 years in law enforcement, can appreciate the quick response and amount of time and effort that it took for the officers to bring that to culmination,” said board Chairman Mike Wahmann.

15-year-old girl seriously injured after being shot in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ma (4-7-16) Springfield Police are investigating a shooting on Plainfield Street, Thursday night, after a 15-year-old girl was shot.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News, around 8:00 p.m., the department received a 911 call of a shooting at an apartment on Plainfield Street. When officers arrived, they found a 15-year-old girl with a gunshot wound.

EMT’s provided life saving first aid and then rushed the teen to Baystate Medical Center. Sgt. Delaney said she is in serious but stable condition.

Sgt. Delaney said detectives discovered that a “friend” of the victim, a juvenile male, was inside the home “playing around” with a firearm. The gun discharged and hit the 15-year-old. Delaney said there were other children in the apartment when the gun went off, and also reportedly at least one adult, but on another floor.

The suspected shooter ran away before the police arrived. Sgt. Delaney said no one has been arrested at this time. This is an ongoing investigation by detectives from the Major Crime Unit.

Police: Boy, 9, finds gun, accidentally shoots self in hand  (AP)

PHILADELPHIA, PA  (4-8-16)   Police say a 9-year-old has been hospitalized after he accidentally shot his left hand in south Philadelphia.

Chief Inspector Scott Small tells The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) that police were called just before 10 p.m. on Thursday to the city's Grays Ferry neighborhood, where the boy wounded himself in his parents' bedroom.

Small says the boy found a handgun behind the bed and it went off, shooting him in the hand. Investigators found the gun on the bed, a bullet hole in the wall and a trail of blood leading out the front door.

The boy's mother took him to a hospital, where he's in stable condition.

It's unclear whether the gun was legally owned or how it was beings stored.

6-year-old boy injured at party was shot by another child* (AP)

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.  (4-7-16)   Police in a suburb north of Atlanta have determined that another child accidentally shot and injured a 6-year-old boy as he rode his bicycle.
Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera said in a news release Thursday that Ni-Shawn Moore was accidentally shot by a friend of his. The lead detective hasn't decided yet whether to file criminal charges.

Police had said someone approached the boy and shot him in the upper chest March 12 as he rode his bike during a neighborhood birthday party in the Lawrenceville area.
Ni-Shawn's family initially thought he had been hit by a BB, but doctors determined after he was taken to a hospital that he was struck by a .22-caliber bullet.
Ni-Shawn was released from the hospital in mid-March.
*this was reported in Gunlucky as possible accident and now confirmed

Police respond to Walgreen’s after man accidentally shoots himself

MEMPHIS, Tn (4-7-16) Memphis Police were called to a local Walgreen’s after a gun was fired Thursday evening.

The incident reportedly happened at the store in the 2400 block of Jackson just before 8:30 p.m.

At this point it’s unclear if the gun went off inside the store or outside in the parking lot, but we do know the woman who called 911 told dispatch her son accidentally shot himself.

He was taken to the Regional Medical Center, but is expected to be okay.

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