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South Carolina 15-year-old fatally shoots 12-year-old girl in the head with grandpa’s gun

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By David EdwardsTuesday, December 31, 2013 13:09 EST

Hope Alexandria Fair fatally shot (WYFF)

A 15-year-old boy is in custody in South Carolina after shooting and killing a 12-year-old girl with his grandfather’s handgun over the weekend.

According to WYFF, Laurens County deputies found Hope Alexandria Fair with a gunshot to the head at a mobile home Sunday night.

Lt. Jawarski Shelton explained that the 12-year-old girl had been visiting a friend at the mobile home when the 15-year-old suspect came inside the home with the gun at around 6:30 p.m.. The 15-year-old boy originally told police that the weapon had been fired by someone else.

“(He) called the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office stating that he had walked into a residence after hearing a gunshot and found a 12-year-old female on the floor with a gunshot wound,” Shelton noted.

But a second caller, the victim’s friend, told police that her 15-year-old cousin had been holding the gun when it discharged.

“Eventually, he admitted that he was actually holding the gun when it fired and that he was actually loading a magazine into the weapon,” Shelton explained. “When he pulled the slide back, the gun fired.”

The pistol was recovered after a search of a wooded area near the home. Investigators determined that the suspect had taken the weapon from his grandfather’s vehicle, but did not have permission.

The 15-year-old boy was being held the Department of Juvenile Justice and will be charged with involuntary manslaughter. He was not expected to be tried as an adult.

Michelle Fair, the victim’s mother, described her daughter as “strong” and “creative.”

“She was definitely one of a kind,” the mother recalled. “She was so beautiful.”

“I know it was an accident, and he’ll have to pay for that accident for a long time,” Michelle Fair said of the 15-year-old boy. “I feel sorry for them. I feel sorry for him. I’ll lose my daughter forever. They’re going to lose their kid for a long time, too.”

Breanna Fair, the victim’s sister, told WHNS that she was still trying to make sense of the shooting.

“Someone doesn’t need to leave a gun laying out where kids can grab it,” she said.

Watch this video from WYFF, broadcast Dec. 31, 2013.

David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.


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by on Jan. 1, 2014 at 5:24 AM
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by Ruby Member on Jan. 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM
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I recall that post and made some remarks of my own about her stance.

Quoting Lizard_Lina: No it was a convo with you. You saw a pic of an AR and claimed it was more dangerous than higher calibur weapons because it quote "looks more dangerous". You have shown your ignorance on this topic time and time again and your increased showing of zero attempts at attaining such knowledge is at best laughable. His gun was nowhere near the teen. The teen sought it out. There's a difference.

Quoting lga1965:

 I missed that conversation about AR15 and a cannon. But that's okay. It sounds boring and meaningless.


This whole thing is ridiculous. The dopey old man is responsible for keeping his effing weapon away from people. Especially away from a teen who is definitely too young to pick up a gun.


Quoting Lizard_Lina: We aren't talking about that. We are talking about the fact that guns not used on oneself occur almost a third of the time that a death using a car occurs. And of the millions of guns that are out there, 10,000 is a fraction. Not every gun owner is paranoid. If anything most paranoia I see are from people like you who choose not to educate yourself and want laws made based on, nothing but opinion. Or do we have to have the AR-15 vs a hand cannon conversation again.


Quoting lga1965:

 Suicides. Well, that is another thing about guns. It makes suicide too easy.



I can't see how anyone can justify having a gun unless it is for hunting and eating what you shoot. People who say they need a gun for protection would be better off making an appointment with a psychiatrist to find out why they are so fearful, paranoid and suspicious of people in general..



Quoting Lizard_Lina: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/injury.htm

Also, 2/3 of the firearm related deaths are suicides. My phone is dying but I'm looking for the stat on that to give to you.




Quoting lga1965: It is always a good idea to have some statistics and evidence to back up your statements. I think you might be just wanting to disagree and "win" .
People at CM have been known to fib so they can convince others theyare right.
So, how about it?


Quoting Lizard_Lina: Cars kill more people than guns. Just saying.



Quoting lga1965:

 I will say the same thing without the Sweet Pea,.





Your "Car argument" is lame, not intelligent.And it is overused.





I'm not the only one who thinks so.





Quoting LizzieAnnesMom: Aww you gave me a sweet pea instead of an intelligent comeback. Good job.





Quoting lga1965:



 ummm, yah, sure. The "CAR argument again".






Quoting LizzieAnnesMom: I leave my car in my driveway. If someone steals it and kills someone with it am i at fault? If you leave money on your counter are you at fault if your kid takes it? It doesnt matter where it was left. He did not have permission to take it, he knew he didnt, he stole it.






Quoting mikiemom:




 He left the gun where the 15 year old could get it.







Quoting LizzieAnnesMom: I am not sure why people think the grandfather is at fault. The kid didnt have permission to take the gun and at 15 he damn well knows better. He STOLE the gun.












 





 



 


 


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