Teen charged with accidental shooting death of girl
LENOIR COUNTY, NC (4-1-16) A teenager is dead and another is charged in what is being called an accidental shooting.
Lenoir County Sheriff Ronnie Ingram says Austin Newcome is charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a stolen firearm. The 18-year-old from La Grange is jailed on a $90,000 secured bond.
Ingram says 17-year-old Blake Turner of Kinston died in the shooting that happened Thursday night on Mimosa Lane in La Grange.
He says their investigation shows that Newcome was handling a gun and it accidentally went off, hitting the girl. She died a short time later.
"This is a horrific incident that shows how handling firearms in an unsafe manner can lead to such a tragic ending," said the sheriff. "Our condolences go out to the victim's family."
Lenoir Community College says Turner was a student in their adult high school program.
The sheriff says they learned the gun was stolen and their investigation into that aspect of the case is continuing.
Self inflicted bullet wound reported as drive by
Chicago, Il (4-2-16) About 4 p.m., a 20-year-old man was wounded in what police believe was a self-inflicted shooting in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.
The man told police he was walking on the sidewalk in the 3400 block of West Sunnyside Avenue when two vehicle drove past. The man then heard gunshots and realized he was struck in the right knee, Alfaro said. But police said it appears that the man may have shot himself.
The man managed to get to Community First Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, Alfaro said.
Shooting reported in neighborhood just north of downtown
DES MOINES, IA (4-1-16) Des Moines police are investigating a report of a shooting at a home near University Avenue and 11th Street.
Officers were sent to 1167 11th Street at 2:18 p.m. The shooting was reportedly accidental. An investigation is still underway right now.
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WOMAN SHOT NEAR PETROLIA
Petrolia, Ca (4-2-16) A 24-year-old female was reportedly accidentally shot in the chest this evening near Petrolia, according a information that came across the scanner about 9:45 p.m. The incident occurred on Conklin Creek Road.
“Cal Fire is advising a helicopter is en route,” stated the dispatcher not long after the initial report.
“Be advised Reach [the medical helicopter] will have an ETA of 120 minutes,” the dispatcher reported at 10:03 p.m.
UPDATE 10:10 p.m.: Emergency crews at the scene are reporting a .44 Magnum inflicted the bullet wound.
UPDATE 10:56 p.m.: “Be advised Coast Guard is responding with a twenty minute ETA,” the dispatcher tells the ambulance that is responding to Conklin Creek Road.
UPDATE 11:07 p.m.: “Ambulance is en route to the landing zone with the patient,” said personnel at the scene.
UPDATE 11:22 p.m.: The patient is being onloaded into a helicopter,” reports Petrolia Fire.
Man accidentally shoots self in hand
LaGrange, Ga (4-1-16) One man was injured about 1:45 a.m. Friday when he grabbed his gun as he was getting out of his car and accidentally shot himself in the hand.
LaGrange police said the incident happened on the driveway of the man’s home in the 100 block of Bell Street. The victim told officers he grabbed the .40-caliber pistol from the seat of his car when the weapon went off.
He told officers he did not think there was a round in the chamber. Police said the bullet also struck the car door, where it remained.
The victim was taken to West Georgia Medical Center for treatment, police stated.
Bullet Lodges in Florida Man’s Testicles After Wife Allegedly Shoots Him in Knee
Brevard County, Fl (4-1-16) A 69-year-old woman was arrested earlier this week after she allegedly shot her husband in Brevard County, Florida during an argument over an affair.
Victoria Reid was taken into custody Wednesday after she allegedly confronted her husband of 16 years and forced him at gunpoint to sit on a couch and discuss an affair she claimed he was having, local television station WKMG reported.
After taunting her husband and threatening to shoot him in the face, Reid allegedly shot him in the knee, according to WKMG.
The bullet traveled up the man’s thigh and became lodged in his testicles, CNN reported.
There was no word on the husband’s condition following the shooting.
Reid was facing aggravated assault and kidnapping charges, according to CNN.
Her bail was set at $35,000.
Americans Have Been Accidentially Shooting Themselves for Three Centuries
Charges possible in accidental shooting death of Battle Creek woman
Battle Creek, Mich. (4-1-16) Kayla Babick’s birthday was last week and her family did what they could to remember her. She was shot and killed on Valentines Day when, according to Battle Creek police, her boyfriend was cleaning his gun. They said they believe the case to be accidental. But now the it's in the prosecutors hands.
"We’re looking into how much responsibility does a firearm owner have to make sure that firearm is safe to where it won’t go off or it won’t be an incident like this that takes place," said Detective Sergeant Troy Gilleylen with the Battle Creek Police Department.
Investigators said they've conducted multiple interviews with the boyfriend, 25-year-old Deangelo Gaines. Gaines initially told them that his .45 caliber gun went off when he was cleaning it. But then he said the gun was lying on the bed when Babick laid on top of it. When she tried to move it, it discharged.
"The firearm was left out, loaded obviously," said Gilleylen. "What we’re now looking at is whether or not someone’s careless acts contributed to the death of a human being."
Gilleylen said there are no laws stating a gun has to be locked or stored away when it's inside a residence. However, the department is looking into whether it was reasonable to have it out in the open.
"She wasn’t taking the gun apart when it went off," said lead detective Scott Silverman. "She wasn’t cleaning it when it went off. She wasn’t playing with it when it went off. She was actually on the telephone talking to her mother."
Due to a number of interviews with Gaines and other witnesses, police believe the incident to be unintentional. But it is a peculiar case.
"For an adult I think it is unusual," said Gilleylen. "I know we do hear on occasion of a child that’s able to get a hold of a parent or firearm that’s left out. And I think that it happens all too much."
Update on Accidental Shooting
Putnam County, FL (3-9-16) This is an update regarding the accidental shooting in Putnam County on 3-8-16. Our investigation has revealed that the firearm was legally owned by the victim and the child came to possess the firearm without the victim’s knowledge. Florida Statute makes it a misdemeanor for a person to store or leave, on a premise under his or her control, a loaded firearm in such a manner that it is likely a child can gain access to the firearm. The investigation is ongoing to determine exactly how the firearm was stored in the vehicle. The primary concern for PCSO at this time is to provide the necessary services and assistance to the young man and his family. Due to her medical condition, Detectives have not been able to interview the victim and any decision on the filing of criminal charges will not come until after we speak with the victim. It is not known when we anticipate speaking with the victim. The Florida Department of Children and Family Services have been notified and are reviewing the case as well. The four-year-old child remains with family members.
The Sheriff's Office has received several questions about the Florida Statute regarding the safe storage of firearms. Here is the entire statute:
790.174 Safe storage of firearms required.—
(1) A person who stores or leaves, on a premise under his or her control, a loaded firearm, as defined in s. 790.001, and who knows or reasonably should know that a minor is likely to gain access to the firearm without the lawful permission of the minor’s parent or the person having charge of the minor, or without the supervision required by law, shall keep the firearm in a securely locked box or container or in a location which a reasonable person would believe to be secure or shall secure it with a trigger lock, except when the person is carrying the firearm on his or her body or within such close proximity thereto that he or she can retrieve and use it as easily and quickly as if he or she carried it on his or her body.
(2) It is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, if a person violates subsection (1) by failing to store or leave a firearm in the required manner and as a result thereof a minor gains access to the firearm, without the lawful permission of the minor’s parent or the person having charge of the minor, and possesses or exhibits it, without the supervision required by law:
(a) In a public place; or
(b) In a rude, careless, angry, or threatening manner in violation of s. 790.10.
This subsection does not apply if the minor obtains the firearm as a result of an unlawful entry by any person.
1(3) As used in this act, the term “minor” means any person under the age of 16.