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Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 05:46 AM PST
New Year's Eve, of course, is in a class all by itself. As near as I could tell from available reports, five people were shot by random, celebratory gunfire in Los Angeles, CA; San Antonio, TX; Hebbronville, TX; Newport News, VA; and Gadsden, AL. New Year's Eve revelers also blasted into at least 15 homes this week and two cars (not including four more homes fired into under other circumstances), in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia. Three people involved in celebratory gunfire incidents accidentally shot themselves, and two were accidentally shot at parties.
Six hunting GunFAIL incidents were counted, plus three recreational or target shooting accidents. Two defensive gun users accidentally wounded themselves, as well, as sometimes happens during the excitement and confusion. Two people also accidentally shot themselves while cleaning their weapons, which should never happen. And three gun owners out and about, shopping and dining with the rest of us accidentally lost some bullets this week. One who shot himself in a Walmart parking lot in Mississippi, one who accidentally fired a pistol in his pocket in a restaurant in Georgia, and a third who dropped her gun and shot another shopper in a Lowe's in Cheyenne, WY. And lastly, we had one more family member allegedly mistaken for an intruder and shot this week.
All in all, a hell of a week, and the first one I can recall pushing the total number of accidents over 80. Without further ado, then, this week's list, below the fold.
- AUSTIN, TX, 11/11/13: On Nov. 11, Officer Dustin Turner was completing his pre-shift inspection at APD's south substation. While clearing his shotgun, he accidentally fired a round into the parking lot pavement. [Ed. note: if that sounds familiar to you, it's because the last installment of GunFAIL noted that two other Austin officers had just been suspended for doing the same thing, on Nov. 12 and Nov. 18.]
- PANAMA CITY, FL, 12/21/13: On Saturday, Dec. 21, a 33-year-old St. Marks man reported being the victim of an accidental shooting in Panama City. The complainant reported that he was at a Panama City club and then attended a party at a nearby residence. During the course of the party a firearm was passed around which went off and struck the victim in the foot. Wakulla EMS responded to St. Marks and transported the victim to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office was notified about the incident. Deputy David Pienta, Sgt. Danny Harrell and Detective Clint Beam investigated.
- SAN ANTONIO, TX, exact date unknown: An elderly woman died after a bullet went through a wall at her East San Antonio home and hit her while she sat in a wheelchair. Officers found the body of Ruth Bateman Clay, 90, in her home on Como near Spriggsdale Thursday. Authorities say they're looking for anyone who may have fired a gun in the area sometime before Christmas Eve. Clay was last seen alive on the December 23. It's believed the bullet that killed Clay came from behind her home, through her bedroom wall. [Ed. note: This actually ran under the headline, "Elderly woman killed in bizarre shooting."]
- DOLTON, IL, 12/25/13: The pregnant teen felled by a bullet to the back of her head on Christmas day was shot by her 16-year-old boyfriend and his two brothers during a botched drug deal, authorities said. Eva Casara, 17—whose baby girl survived and remained in critical condition Monday—was not the intended target, but was accidentally shot when the drug deal spiraled out of control, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The mother-to-be was “just in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong company,” Dolton Police Chief John Franklin told the newspaper. Doctors managed to save the unborn baby, who was named “Baby Doe” as she continues to fight for her life at a nearby hospital.
- NEWARK, NJ, 12/25/13: The Christmas night killing of two Newark teenagers involved a dispute over a girl between the teenage shooter and one of the victims, sources told the Star-Ledger today. The suspected shooter, identified only as a 15-year-old boy, was apparently angry with either 15-year-old Kasson Morman or 14-year-old Abdul "Scooter" Frazier after one of the two victims supposedly "hit on" a girl he was dating, according to the sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. The teen suspect felt "disrespected" by one of the male teen victims, the sources said. The suspect was arrested either late last night or early this morning, the sources said. Zainee Hailey, the 13-year-old girl who was shot while taking out the trash outside her family's home on Schley Street during the altercation, was hit by a stray bullet, the sources said. Kasson, Zainee and Abdul were all shot around 10 on Christmas night after the gunman opened fire on Schley Street. Zainee, whose funeral was held this morning, and Kasson died of their injuries that night, police have said. Abdul was shot in the neck and seriously injured, according to police.
- ALBEMARLE, NC, 12/26/13: Albemarle police are conducting a death investigation. Chief William Halliburton said Thursday night’s fatal shooting appears to be a self-inflicted accident. The victim, who was home alone at the time, shot himself in the leg, Halliburton said. The body has been taken to the medical examiner’s office for further investigation, Halliburton said.
- BROWNFIELD, TX, 12/26/13: One local resident was left injured after an accidental firearm discharge occurred while inspecting a handgun. At about 7:28 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 26, police were dispatched to Brownfield Regional Medical after it was reported that a 19-year-old female had sustained an injury that appeared to be a gunshot wound to the left foot. After an inquiry, it was found that the female was injured after her boyfriend, a 19-year-old male, was inspecting his 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun when the gun accidentally discharged. No charges were filed.
- RIPLEY CO., IN, 12/27/13: A teenage boy was accidentally shot during a hunting trip with his friends in Ripley County on Friday night, December 27. The incident occurred near the town of Cross Plains. Indiana Conservation Officers say the victim was hunting with two other teenagers when one of the boys dropped a loaded .22 caliber rifle. The gun went off and struck the teen in the left leg. The bullet entered the front of the victim’s thigh, approximately 4 inches above his knee and stopped just before exiting the back of his leg approximately 1 inch above and to the right of his knee.
- GRENADA, MS, 12/27/13: A Cascilla man accidentally shot himself in the leg while sitting in his vehicle in the Walmart parking lot Friday, according to Grenada police. According to Capt. George Douglas with the Grenada Police Department, a man he identified as Steven Kendall, 29, accidentally discharged a .40 caliber handgun and injured himself around 10 a.m. “According to an eyewitness, a man heard one shot and went over to the vehicle to check on Kendall,” said Douglas. He was later airlifted to an unknown location, Douglas said. Douglas said that Kendall did not purchase the gun in Walmart, but already had it with him.
- MIAMI TOWNSHIP, OH, 12/28/13: One or more people face potential charges after lying to police Saturday, telling police a man was shot in the foot during a home invasion. Miami Twp. officers and medics responded at approximately 2 p.m. to a home in the 2200 block of Owendale Drive. They found a man in his early 20s suffering from a gunshot wound to his foot. He was taken to the hospital by life squad. His injury was not considered life-threatening. He was either "unintentionally or accidentally" shot inside the home and it did not happen during a home invasion, according to Miami Twp. Sgt. Rex Thompson. Before a person at the home admitted to lying on the 911 call, Miami Twp. police put out a request and Huber Heights police responded with a K-9 unit to search for the shooter. Thompson said thankfully the unnecessary track was never started.
- PERRIS, CA, 12/28/13: A target shooter accidentally shot and wounded someone in the chest Saturday during an event in Perris, authorities reported. The shooting occurred shortly after 1 p.m. at Christmas Tree Lane and Santa Rosa Mine Road, according to Deputy Mike Vasquez of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The person injured was driven to a location near Washington Street to meet up with deputies and was then transported to a hospital. The person’s condition was not immediately known. MORE: A ricochet bullet at a target shoot in Good Hope hit a man in the chest, but he is expected by sheriff's deputies to have a short visit in a hospital, a sheriff's sergeant said today. The victim's name was withheld, but he was taken to a hospital Saturday for what Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. David Cardoza said was a non-life-threatening injury. Deputies learned that the victim was struck by gunfire that ricocheted, the sergeant said. It was not immediately known from what the gunshot rebounded or what kind of weapon was used.
- MIAMI, FL, 12/28/13: When two men tried to rob Windell Haynes at gunpoint on the porch of his Liberty City home on Saturday, the 60-year-old Vietnam veteran fought back with a cane. In the ensuing confusion, one of the attackers apparently shot the other, sending the wounded man to Jackson Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The second robber ran away. The Haynes family and a neighbor were having lunch on the porch of his home in the 900 block of Northwest 47th Terrace in Liberty City when two men approached from the back yard and one of them pointed a gun at the Marine Corps veteran. According to a woman who identified herself as Haynes’ sister, the other man tried to snatch a chain from around the veteran’s neck. Haynes responded by hitting the man with a cane. That's when the man with the gun accidentally shot his accomplice in the stomach, according to Haynes’ sister.
- GOUVERNEUR, NY, 12/28/13: State police responded to the report of a 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound about 2 p.m. Saturday. Unconfirmed reports from radio traffic indicated the report was made from the Gouverneur Fire Department, though the gunshot may have been inflicted near Route 3. Dispatcher Jeremy Ward said he heard over the radio that a young man had dropped his gun and it fired and shot him in the ear.
- CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, 12/28/13: A man ended up at the University of Virginia Medical Center on Saturday night after he accidentally shot himself in the leg, according to Charlottesville police. It happened around 11:45 p.m. on Prospect Avenue in Charlottesville. Police taped off the 700-block of the street while they investigated. Police say the 20-year-old gunshot victim was in a car at the time of the accident. His injuries are not life-threatening.
- YOUNGSTOWN, OH, 12/28/13: A 26-year-old cab driver for Independent Radio Taxi Inc. shot himself in the leg with his own gun during a struggle with a female customer over fare money at 8:43 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of East Philadelphia Avenue, police said. The driver said he picked up a woman on Jean Street in Campbell and took her to East Philadelphia, but the woman said she didn’t have any money. She said she would go in the house and get money for him. He asked her to leave her cellphone for collateral, but she refused, then grabbed the driver by the neck from behind. The driver pulled out a handgun from his shoulder holster, and the gun went off, shooting him the leg.
- HAMILTON, MT, 12/28/13: An argument fueled by alcohol at the Stanker home in Hamilton allegedly led to gunplay and eventually an arrest of Garry R. Stanker, 64, of Custer, S.D. Stanker appeared in Ravalli County Justice Court on a felony assault with a weapon charge and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct. Court records said Stanker and his cousin, James Stanker, were arguing at James’ home at 204 Geneva Ave. at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. James Stanker told officers later the men had been quarreling over some fiddles his recently deceased father had owned. Apparently during the argument, James Stanker grabbed his single-action .22-caliber pistol and started twirling it in his left hand when his cousin told him that “my gun has nine more rounds.” James Stanker told officers that when he stopped twirling the pistol, his thumb accidently hit the hammer and the gun discharged into the floor.
- FORT WALTON BEACH, FL, 12/29/13: A man who appeared to be in his mid-30s was flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola Sunday evening with a gunshot wound to his abdomen, according to Michele Nicholson, spokeswoman for the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. A call to the Sheriff's Office came in at 5:45 from the 200 block of Racetrack Road. When deputies and rescue workers arrived, they found the man, who said he shot himself by accident.
- NAPA, CA, 12/29/13: A 16-year-old boy was hurt Sunday in Napa by a gunshot wound to his leg, police said. Police said the call came in at 11:35 a.m. to report a possible drive-by shooting in the Browns Valley area of west Napa. When officers first arrived, they contacted a 16-year-old male who was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the right leg. The teen told the officers that he was the victim of a drive-by shooting. Upon further investigation, the officers learned that the teen was accidentally shot in the leg by a 16-year-old acquaintance while they were handling a .22-caliber rifle in the 100 block of Karen Drive in Napa.
- COOPER, TX, 12/29/13: Off duty Delta County Game Warden Chris Fried was shot in the shoulder while he was bow hunting Sunday evening on the Wildlife Management area of Cooper Lake State Park near CR 1035 in Cooper. "We are inclined to believe it was an accidental shooting, but we are not for sure at the moment," said Sheriff Ricky Smith. It took nearly two hours for authorities and emergency personal to locate Officer Fried and given the weather were unable to care flight him. He was taken by ambulance to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Sulphur Springs and was last stated to be in stable condition. He will be transported to Parkland. CLARIFICATION: Officials say off-duty Delta County Game Warden Chris Fried was struck in the upper right arm, with the bullet coming to a stop in his chest. It’s believed he was shot by another hunter, but in a release issued Monday morning Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials say the incident is being investigated by TWPD Internal Affairs and game wardens.
- FOUNTAIN INN, SC, 12/29/13: A 15-year-old boy was being held by the state Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia after being charged Monday in the shooting death of a 12-year-old girl in Fountain Inn, authorities said. Hope Alexandria Fair, of 2041 Cowens Bridge Road, Gray Court, was shot once in the head, according to Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols. She was pronounced dead at 7:32 p.m. Sunday at Greenville Memorial Hospital, he said. The 15-year-old was charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to Lt. J.D. Shelton of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. He won’t be tried as an adult, he said. Authorities were investigating whether a Colt .380 fired accidentally while a magazine was being put into the handgun, Shelton said.
- SPOKANE, WA, 12/30/13: Police said they responded to an accidental shooting Monday morning in Spokane. Two convicted felons were handling a gun when it went off near Lacey St. and Queen Ave., authorities said. One of the men was shot in the hand. When officers responded, they discovered both men were felons and placed them in custody. Police said they would be booked for being convicted felons in possession of a firearm.
- MOUNTAINLAKE TERRACE, WA, 12/30/13: A Mountlake Terrace woman was taken to the hospital Monday after her husband reportedly shot her by accident, police said. The woman, 20, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with injuries to her abdomen and leg. They weren't considered life threatening, Mountlake Terrace police Cmdr. Doug Hansen said. The bullet grazed the woman and was recovered from a chest drawer. Her husband, 22, recently received the handgun as a gift." He was trying to secure it to put it away into a small safe," Hansen said. The incident occurred around 2:15 p.m. at a home in the 6100 block of St. Albion Way.
- ANDERSON, SC, 12/30/31: A shooting that injured a 17-year-old girl in Anderson is being ruled accidental by the sheriff's office. Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office Lt. Sheila Cole told FOX Carolina that the girl is expected to survive after being shot at a home on Wren Way near Centerville Road. Cole said the 17-year-old victim was in the home with a friend when she was accidentally shot in the back. Cole said the girl's friend had the gun out and at some point it went off and struck the girl. UPDATE: She may be paralyzed.
- HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI, 12/30/13: A Macomb County woman is in serious condition following an apparent accidental shooting in her home. Lt. John Michalke said the shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday at a home in the 39700 block of Mazuchet Drive, in a neighborhood just south of the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township. Michalke said the 60-year-old homeowner, his 50-year-old wife and several other couples had just returned home from visiting an indoor shooting range in Roseville earlier in the day. “They were sitting around the kitchen table and the homeowner was cleaning his gun, it’s a .45 caliber Desert Eagle semi-automatic handgun. While he was sitting at the kitchen table, he was showing the other persons in attendance how to clean the gun,” Michalke told WWJ’s Zahra Huber. “At one point, he was trying to clear the gun, make sure the gun was clear of all ammunition, and it in fact had a round in it. He pulled the trigger, the gun discharged and a single round went across the room and struck his wife in the abdomen,” Michalke said. “She had a through-and-through gunshot wound through her abdomen, her mid-section. The round then went through her and into the window blinds behind her.” UPDATE: The gunshot victim in this week's Harrison Township kitchen table incident is 50-year-old photographer Monica Morgan, a well-known photographer who covered Nelson Mandela's funeral two weeks ago. She's in serious condition at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens, where she had surgery, reports Zahra Huber of WWJ. The shot was fired by General Holiefield, a national UAW vice-president who married Morgan in Venice, Italy, on Sept. 30, 2012.
- BEAUREGARD, AL, 12/30/13: An accidental shooting has taken the life of one boy in Lee County. Lee County Coroner Bill Harris confirms an accidental shooting has tragically caused the death of a 10 year old boy. The shooting happened around 7:05 p.m. Monday inside a home in the 1300 block of Highway 51 in the Beauregard community. The coroner says a preliminary investigation indicates three juveniles were handling the gun when it went off and killed the boy.