Googling “gun accident” brings up an alarming number of stories of kids, teenagers, and adults shooting themselves or others unintentionally. Here’s just a few from the past week:
The 3-year-old son of a Clark County sheriff’s detective has died after police say the boy accidentally shot himself in the head at the family’s Battle Ground home.
A 78-year-old Horseheads man died Friday morning in what police have ruled a hunting accident. State police in Horseheads said Paul A. Serosky of Watkins Road was hunting.
Also last Friday, a Florida college student fatally shot himself while horsing around with his roommates. The Orlando Sentinel reported on the shooting:
Vicki Keiran said her son, 20-year-old Jason Keiran, was playing with his roommate’s gun on Friday when it fired, striking him in the head… The grieving mother said the shooting was a complete accident; the boys had been partying the night before and were getting ready for a weekend of college football when they began toying with the gun.
Two teens suffered minor injuries Saturday afternoon when the gun they were playing with fired, police said. The boys, ages 14 and 15, were playing with the weapon when it accidentally went off, striking one boy in the leg. The shot ricocheted and hit the other boy in the buttocks, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter.
The Toledo Police Department says a police officer was accidentally shot at the TPD’s Scott Park District Station by another officer around 1:30 p.m. Monday. Officials say Gloria Burks, a command officer, shot Sergeant Jeff Bechtel with her service weapon, during an afternoon shift change.