Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mom drops purse containing gun, discharges, toddler shot in face; Another cop shot training at range; Mom shot when son drops gun dismounting horse.

UPDATE: Shooting that left two wounded called accidental

WICHITA, KS (4-13-16) Wichita Police are investigating a shooting that's left two people wounded.

Police said two people with gunshot wounds arrived at Wesley Medical Center after 10:30 a.m.

Investigators told 911 dispatchers the shooting was accidental and they are not searching for suspects.

Mom drops purse with gun inside; 2-year-old accidentally shot in face at hospital

JACKSON, Ms (4-13-16) Jackson Police are investigating an accidental shooting at a hospital.

Officer Colendula Green said a 2-year-old girl was shot at Merit Health Central on Chadwick Drive.

Green said the child was hit after a gun went off that was inside of her mother’s purse.

Police said the woman was standing by the vending machine and dropped her purse. The gun went off and a bullet hit the vending machine. The bullet bounced off the machine and grazed her daughter in the right side of her face.  The toddler is is expected to be okay.

The hospital released this statement about the incident:  

Weapons are prohibited on the campus of all Merit Health facilities to protect the safety of our patients, visitors, physicians and employees. This morning, an isolated incident involving the accidental discharge of a visitor’s weapon occurred on our campus. It was addressed quickly, preventing serious harm to the patient and risk to others in the hospital. Because this is an active police investigation, further questions should be directed to the Jackson Police Department.

Massachusetts Police Officer Accidentally Shot During Training Exercise

Fort Devens, Ma (4-13-16) A police officer was accidentally shot during a training exercise at Fort Devens on Wednesday morning.

Fort Devens military police said the accidental shooting occurred around 10 a.m. during firing range practice. Fort Devens is a U.S. Army Reserve facility located in Ayer, Harvard and Shirley.

The injured officer was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. An update on his condition was not immediately available.

Massachusetts State Police, the Army's Criminal Investigation Division and the Fort Devens Department of Army Police are investigating.

Police: Youth wounded in accidental shooting in Gary

GARY, IN (4-13-16) A juvenile was wounded Tuesday in an accidental shooting behind the former Lew Wallace High School, police said.

Gary police responded about 6:25 p.m. to the 400 block of West 45th Avenue for a gunshot wound victim.

One juvenile had been shot and was taken by ambulance to a hospital with a serious but not life-threatening wound, Lt. Dawn Westerfield said. She declined to release further information about the child because of age.

Westerfield said two witnesses The Times observed at the scene called in the shooting and were cooperating with police. The case remains under investigation.


SANDY HOOK, Ky. (4-13-16) State Police say a Morehead woman was accidentally shot as her son dismounted from a horse. Investigators say it happened early Wednesday evening on Stamper Ridge in Elliott County. State Police say as the young man was trying to get down off a horse, his .22 caliber pistol fell out of his holster to the ground and discharged, with the bullet hitting his mother in the upper left flank.

Investigators say 39-year old Jereen R. Stamper was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, where she was listed in stable condition. The incident remains under investigation by State Police.

Pellet aimed at turtles in lake accidentally hits man, deputies say

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (4-13-16) Spartanburg County deputies said they responded Wednesday to a shooting at a home where a man was injured.

Dispatchers said the shooting was reported before noon on Saranac Drive, just outside the Spartanburg city limits on the east side. The home is located on Lake Saranac.

Deputies said a worker measuring the home for gutters was hit in the chest with a projectile.

The projectile did not penetrate the victim’s shirt, but did leave a large bruise and a scrape on his chest, according to deputies.

WYFF News 4 talked to two men who said they witnessed the shooting. They said they were doing work on the home with the victim when the man was shot. The two men said the shot came from across the lake when a man shooting at turtles in the lake fired a shot that ricocheted and hit the worker.

Deputies later confirmed the shooter was a man across the lake shooting at turtles with a high-powered pellet rifle.

After officers consulted with the Solicitor's Office, the shooting was ruled accidental, Lt. Kevin Bobo said. "No charges will be filed, since there wasn't any criminal intent," Bobo said.

Fatal shooting

Waxahachie, Tx (4-13-16) Charley Dewayne Maynard Jr., 37, lost his life after a shooting that took place on Tuesday night. Emergency responders were dispatched at 7:41 p.m. to the 200 block of Colt Drive. Dispatchers were informed about the incident from a 9-1-1 that was placed from inside the residence where the incident occurred.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a man with a gunshot wound being attended to by his wife, said Waxahachie Police Lt. Todd Woodruff. Members of the Waxahachie Fire Department and medical personal with AMR were called out the scene. A helicopter was requested but was later disregarded by AMR personnel.

Maynard was transported by ground ambulance to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center at Waxahachie where he later passed away.

Precinct 4 Justice of the peace Steve Egan was called out to the hospital and pronounced Maynard dead at 9:04 p.m. Egan then ordered the body to be taken to the Dallas Medical Examiners office for a autopsy.

The incident is still under investigation at this time, Woodruff said, but initial information is that it was an accidental discharge from a handgun. No one has been charged at this time and police are not looking for anyone else involved with this incident.

Mother arrested after 13-year-old son shot

TITUSVILLE, Fl (4-13-16) A mother has been arrested because she waited more than four hours to get her teenage son treatment for a gunshot wound, police say.

Titusville police arrested Latasha Staley, 35, after they were called to Parish Medical Center on Sunday when a 13-year-old was admitted with a gunshot wound.

Investigators said Staley’s son was shot around 5 a.m., but she did not seek treatment for him until 9:15 a.m.

"We recovered a firearm in this 13-year-old's room and it was in his younger sister's school bag, which was just alarming to us," said Titusville police Chief John Lau.

According to police, the teen has an extensive criminal record, was involved in a previous shooting and is on community probation.

"It is not the police department's job to be tucking kids into bed, it's the parents' job. And we're going to start holding people accountable," Lau said.

Police said that despite the teen’s probation status, Staley allowed her son to attend a party the night before, and she told investigators that if she’d known law enforcement would be involved, she would not have taken her son to the emergency room.

The teen is expected to survive, police said.  Staley is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child neglect.

Deputies investigate shooting at Lake Saranac

Spartanburg County, SC (4-13-16) Deputies are investigating a shooting that left a man hospitalized Wednesday afternoon.

The incident was reported at 425 Saranac St. near Lake Saranac.

A man measuring a home for gutters heard what sounded like gunshots coming from across the lake, according to a statement from Lt. Kevin Bobo, a spokesman for the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. The man walked toward the lake and was struck in the chest by a project — what investigators believe was a bullet or pellet.

It did not penetrate the man's shirt, but it left a large contusion and abrasion on his chest. He was taken to the Spartanburg Medical Center, Bobo stated.

Investigators are looking into the possibility that the projectile was a stray shot fired by someone shooting at turtles on the lake, Bobo stated.

They are still trying to determine whether the shooting was accidental or intentional.

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