3-year-old fatally shot dead at home

Posted on May 17, 2009. Filed under: accident, Illinois |

CHICAGO, Ill. (STNG) — The death of a 3-year-old Roselle Jaquan Reed, fatally shot in the chest early Sunday on the West Side has been ruled a homicide.

A weapon was accidentally discharged at the residence, with two juveniles were present. The shooting is initially being classified as an accident, Banks said.

No one is in custody for the shooting, although the death remained under investigation by Harrison Area detectives. More on WBBM 780

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14-year-old girl shot to death a 12-year-old boy

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: accident, Idaho |

MARSING, Idaho – a 14-year-old girl found a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol in a closet of a residence she was visiting around 2 p.m. Sunday. She brought the pistol into the living room where the boy, Marcos Jaramillo, and a friend were watching television and accidentally fired one round while handling the firearm, officials said.

The shooting occurred inside the home of the 14-year-old’s sister, a 17-year-old mother of a 2-year-old who lives at the home with her boyfriend, according to Owyhee County Sheriff Daryl Crandall. The gun belonged to the 17-year-old’s boyfriend, who was not present when it was fired.

The eldest sister was home at the time of the shooting

The bullet struck Marcos on the right side of the head and exited the left side. He was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise by air ambulance. He was in critical condition on Monday and died just before midnight.

Gun locks are available free of charge in Owyhee County at the sheriff’s office in Murphy and at the sheriff’s substations in Marsing and Grandview.

“We’re trying to promote as much safety as we can with the (free) gun locks,” Crandall said. More on Idaho Press

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12-year-old Boy Dies After Accidentally Firing Gun

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: accident, Oregon | Tags: , |

A 12-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself Sunday in the western Oregon town of Hammond, police said.

Warrenton police said a bullet from a .22-caliber pistol struck and killed Austin Matschiner. The gun used in the shooting belongs to his family. The sixth grader died in his room Sunday morning, medical examiners said.

Police said Matschiner was an avid hunter and was at home with his mom when the gun went off. More on

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Man’s shoot death ruled accidental

Posted on May 8, 2009. Filed under: accident, Indiana |

Lyles Station, IN – A Lyles Station man was died on Friday after shooting himself with his own handgun, investigators say.

Pedro Alvarez, 31, who resided on West Railroad Lane in Lyles Station, apparently had been firing the gun earlier at his residence with a friend, according to Gibson County Coroner Barrett Doyle.

Alvarez was later handling the gun in such a way that it discharged, said Doyle, who ruled the shooting accidental. More on Princeton Daily Clarion

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Roommate charged in 18-year-old man’s shooting death

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: accident, Oregon |

Portland, Oregon – Andrew Gabriel Perez, 11750 E. Burnside St., was arrested Tuesday after Portland police were called to the house at about 2:30 p.m. and found 18-year-old Chance Domingo Caron dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. Perez and Caron lived together at the house.

Perez was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of criminally negligent homicide.

Homicide detectives investigating the incident think the shooting might have been an accident. More on Outlook Online

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Hunter shot to death on the opening of hunting season

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: accident, West Virginia |

Walkersville, West Virgina – Investigators with the DNR continue their efforts to find the person responsible for the death of a turkey hunter in Lewis County on the opening day of spring gobbler season.  Thirty-two year old Shawn Stewart of Walkersville was killed on opening day Monday. His body was discovered a day later after authorities launched a wide-scale search. DNR Lt. Jim Vance in Elkins tells MetroNews Stewart was killed by a shotgun blast that struck his face.  Vance says that information leads them to believe the shooter probably knew they had shot somebody.

“I think he followed all the safety rules,” said Vance about Stewart’s position. “Back up against the tree, out in the open.  He was set up to call a turkey and he was what I always like to call ‘defensive hunting’.” More on West Virgina MetroNews

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19-year-old man shot dead by accident as friend shows off gun

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: accident, New York |

Bronx, New York City – Investigators believe a 19-year-old Bronx man was accidentally shot to death Sunday by a friend who was showing off his handgun, police sources said.

Juan Acevedo took a bullet to the chest as he was hanging out with pals in an apartment just two blocks from the new Yankee Stadium, police said.

Paramedics reached the mortally wounded teenager at the E. 164th St. home just after 1:30 a.m. and took him to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, but Acevedo died an hour later, police said.

A tipster told investigators that Acevedo had been drinking with friends when one man decided to show off his gun, a police source said.

The man fumbled with the weapon and inadvertently let loose a round that felled Acevedo. More on NY Daily News

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Police say shooting death of 19-year-old was accidental

Posted on April 25, 2009. Filed under: accident, Florida |

Tampa, Florida – A 19-year-old who was accidentally shot in the face after a friend said the teen had been playing with a handgun has died, police said today.

John Taylor Weber was taken to Tampa General Hospital on Friday in critical condition. He died about 4 this morning, Tampa police said.

Weber was a senior at Tampa Preparatory School.

Officers responded to 5613 S. Bayshore Blvd. about 4:08 p.m. after a 911 caller advised his friend was playing with a handgun and had shot himself.

Police found Weber and 22-year-old Zachary Daniel Kiely, who lives at the house, in the living room. Investigators recovered a handgun. More on Tampa Bay online

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Two-year-old toddler shot herself to death in Indiana

Posted on April 21, 2009. Filed under: accident, Indiana |

Crawford County, Indiana – A two-year-old southern Indiana toddler shot herself to death after finding a loaded gun. It happened at a home in Milltown in Crawford County.

“The mother, the stepfather and child were all in the same room. Just in a split second is my understanding, the gun went off and the child possibly picked it up,” said Wilkerson.

The shot killed two-year-old Alexis Camp, who is Conrad’s stepdaughter. The deputy coroner says an autopsy performed Tuesday confirms the girl died from and accidental gunshot wound to the head.

Indiana State police are handling the investigation. They say a semi-automatic handgun was within the child’s reach. The Crawford County sheriff says the gun could be the one Conrad uses when on duty. Right now, no charges have been filed against Conrad. More on

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4-year-old accidentally shot herself with the gun at hom

Posted on April 15, 2009. Filed under: accident, Alabama |

Birmingham, Alabama – A 4-year-old girl who accidentally shot herself in the head this afternoon has died, Birmingham police said.

The girl, whose name hasn’t been released, reportedly found the handgun under a couch cushion in her home and shot herself point-blank in the forehead.

Witnesses reported the girl’s mother emerged from the family’s apartment in the Harris Homes housing community at 690 Brussels Circle about 1:45 p.m., cradling the girl in her arms and covered with blood.

Several women outside led the mother and wounded child back into the apartment to wait for rescue workers.

“It’s just a tragic accident,” said East Precinct Lt. Mike Ashworth. More on Birmingham News

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Seventh-grader fatally shot while playing with gun

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: accident, Georgia |

Atlanta, Georgia – Tyquavious, 13, a seventh-grader at Crawford Long Middle School in southeast Atlanta, was fatally shot when he and two others were playing with a gun that discharged and hit him, police spokesman Eric Schwartz said. Steven Gentry, 20, was arrested on a murder charge.

Police recovered the gun in the apartment. It wasn’t immediately clear who owned the weapon.

Those who knew Tyquavious struggled with his death Friday.

“He had his whole life ahead of him,” said 14-year-old Richard Nash, a friend and former classmate.

Tyquavious spent part of his last evening alive playing a game similar to baseball with a large group of neighborhood boys, Quentin said.

He once lived near Fisher Road, but had moved and transferred to a different middle school, friends said. He was one of eight siblings, friends said.

More on Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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19-year-old man fatally shot while handling a weapon with a friend

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: accident, Colorado |

Colorado Springs, Colorado – Officers responded to the shooting at 12:07 a.m. Hennessey and a second man were handling a weapon when it went off, hitting Hennessey in the abdomen, police said. Hennessey was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police did not identify the second man, saying the case was under investigation.

Prosecutors with the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office likely will determine whether charges are merited.

“The El Paso County Coroners Office will rule a death a homicide anytime a person dies as the result of the actions of another person,” said Lt. David Whitlock, police spokesman. “As such, no inference about criminal culpability should be made based on those rulings alone.”

The incident puts the city’s homicide count this year at eight, the same number seen this time last year. More on

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Fort Lewis soldier fatally shot

Posted on April 7, 2009. Filed under: accident, Washington | Tags: |

Seattle, Washington – A Fort Lewis soldier died today of an apparent gun shot wound to the head, a death now under investigation by Army officials.

The soldier was found at 12:20 p.m. in his car and was taken to Madigan Army Medical Center, where he died at about 2:30 p.m., according to Fort Lewis officials.  More on Seattle Times

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15-year-old charged as juvenile in man’s death

Posted on April 5, 2009. Filed under: accident, Illinois |

Chicago, Illinois – Police said the 23-year-old victim, Deonta Mansheck, was shot in the chest about 10:45 a.m. Sunday in a residence in the 7100 block of South Marshfield Avenue.

Kathy Davis, who lives at the home, said Monday afternoon that she was told the teen was showing Mansheck a gun he was holding for someone else. As he tried to remove the bullets, one got stuck and went off.

The teen is charged as a juvenile and was not named. A resident of the home said the shooting was accidental.

More on Chicago Tribune

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5-year-old boy accidentally shoots 4-year-old sister

Posted on May 4, 2008. Filed under: accident, Indiana |

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Indianapolis police say a 5-year-old boy playing with his father’s semiautomatic handgun accidentally shot and killed his younger sister.

Four-year-old Makayla Booher was shot in the head Sunday morning and pronounced dead at the scene. Police say her brother had taken her father’s pistol from the top shelf of a bookcase to play and pointed it at his sister and pulled the trigger.

Police say there was no magazine in the gun, but there was a round in the chamber.

The father, 24-year-old James Booher, was home at the time, along with a 15-year-old stepsister of the children. Police plan to talk to prosecutors about whether neglect charges should be filed against the father. More on WSBT South Bend

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