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Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 02:39 PM PDT
The other big total, surprising no one, was the number people who accidentally shot themselves: 23 of them.
Among those failing to live up to the expectations we have for safe gun practices from those who carry in public there were: 1) a man who left his weapon within reach of his young son while trying on a new holster at a Bass Pro Shop in Oklahoma City (both were shot for their trouble); 2) a woman who left her loaded weapon in the bathroom of a Red Robin restaurant in Milford, CT; 3) an anatomy student (or just a Buffalo Wing fan) who accidentally shot himself in the parking lot of Hooters in San Antonio; 4) a gentleman who accidentally fired his weapon inside a Cherry Hill, NJ office building, and; 5) someone who left a loaded gun hidden in a sock among the clothes donated to a Chicago thrift shop, which was accidentally fired by a worker who shook it loose, killing a coworker.
It was an otherwise "normal" week, though, with our regular assortment of gun cleaning accidents, dropped guns, accidental family shootings, etc. I'll just let the list, found below the fold, speak for itself.
- PERRIS, CA, 2/15/14: On Feb. 15, a stray bullet believed to have originated from BLM land struck a house in a neighborhood near the range. Sgt. Stephen Brosche, of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, said the .30-06 round lodged in a wall of a house on Loch Rae Court about 8:45 a.m. The resident was home at the time, but no one was hurt. He said deputies were unable to locate the shooter.
- LAKEWOOD, OH, 2/25/14: A Lakewood man accused of letting an assault rifle discharge into a neighbor's house was arraigned in Lakewood Municipal Court Tuesday morning. Robert Ledinsky faces charges of improperly securing a firearm and allowing a firearm to discharge within the city limits. The morning of Feb. 25, an Armin Avenue woman found what appeared to be a bullet hole in her closet, according to a police report. She told police she looked on the outside of her house and found what appeared to be more bullet holes, the report said. Officers questioned her neighbors, and found Ledinsky's AK-47 had accidentally discharged days earlier and left the bullet holes, according to the report. Ledinsky was cited and the rifle was confiscated, the report said.
- MENOMONIE, WI, 2/25/14: A 23-year-old Menomonie man shot himself in the hand on Feb. 25 after testing out his new 9mm handgun. The man had finished shooting and was trying to lock part of the gun when his hand slipped off the slide and the gun went off. He wasn’t sure how the gun fired, but the bullet went through a fleshy part of the palm and did not hit any bones.
- FRUIT HEIGHTS, UT, 2/27/14: The Davis County sheriff is warning parents of the importance of talking to their children about gun safety after some elementary-age children discovered a loaded gun in a field and it went off. The boys were playing in the area of 400 South, west of U.S. 89, on Feb. 27 when they discovered the handgun. “This is one of those rare occasions that the kids found it before we did,” Sheriff Todd Richardson said. Investigators said one of the children pointed the gun at a fence and pulled the trigger. The gun didn’t immediately fire, but it went off when the boy lowered the gun to his side. Nobody was injured, deputies said, and the event resulted in the kids running home to tell their parents. It remained unclear who left behind the weapon.
- WEST PENSACOLA, FL, 3/01/14: An Escambia County family is mourning the loss of a toddler tonight after an accidental shooting. It happened around 10:30 this morning at a home on Fairfield drive near Eliasberg street. Deputies say a 2 year old child was accidentally shot. Few details are being released right now. We don't know if the child was a boy or a girl or who actually fired the gun. UPDATE: Investigators say the boy accidentally shot himself in the head after getting hold of a handgun Saturday morning at a home on South Fairfield Drive. So far there is no word of any arrests being made.
- DALLAS, TX, 3/01/14: Police say a 9-year-old Dallas girl is in critical condition after she was struck by a stray bullet around 11:30 a.m. Saturday in her home on the 400 block of W. Yarmouth St. The bullet appeared to have come from a target-practicing neighbor in the yard next-door, authorities said. The shot, from a handgun, apparently went through the kitchen window of the home the girl lives in, striking her. Police reports from the incident suggest the girl was struck in the head. The girl, who has yet to be named, was transported to Children’s Medical Center, and is in critical condition at this time. Police have identified Cristian Manzano, 20, as the suspect in the shooting. Formal charges against Manzano have yet to be announced. Police reports show that Manzano was arrested for assault injury to a child and discharge of a weapon. Manzano was booked into the Dallas County Jail at 5:13 p.m. Saturday. UPDATE: Twice last year, the 20-year-old man who police say accidentally shot a 9-year-old girl in the head on Saturday was caught unlawfully carrying a handgun, according to police records. Cristian Manzano had been on probation for less than a month when authorities say he fired a 9mm handgun at a fence while doing target practice. A bullet fired from Manzano’s gun hit a glass window and struck Jasmine Contreras in the forehead, police records state.
- AUSTIN, TX, 3/01/14: A man killed at Club Zota, in Southeast Austin, earlier this month was apparently shot by his former brother-in-law in what appeared to be an accidental shooting. According to an arrest warrant, Arturo Torres, 28, was playing billiards with Edgar Macedo, 26, and another friend when Torres accidentally bumped into a random guy which started an argument. When Macedo went to use the restroom, Arturo noticed that he was being followed by the same guys that started the argument. When Torres got to the restroom, Macedo and the other two men were fighting. In an attempt to break up the fight, Torres pulled out a handgun. One of the other men tried to wrestle it away from him causing the gun to fire one round, striking Macedo.
- CINCINNATI, OH, 3/01/14: Authorities say an 8-year-old Cincinnati boy playing with a gun that he and his two brothers thought was a BB gun has been shot in the chest and killed. Cincinnati Police Lt. Don Luck tells the Cincinnati Enquirer that the three boys were visiting an uncle when one pulled the trigger of a handgun that they thought was a BB gun and hit Sammy Lorenzo in the chest Saturday afternoon. The boy was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital and rushed into surgery, but later died. Luck says that no charges are expected against the children and that it's too early to tell whether charges will be filed against any adults.
- MEDFORD, OR, 3/01/14: A five year-old Medford boy was shot earlier Saturday morning in what police are calling an accidental shooting. According to the press release medical and fire crews responded around 8:30am Saturday to the home on West Jackson Street in Medford. The boy sustained a gun-shot wound to the lower abdomen according to the press release. Police detectives were called to the scene. During the course of the investigation detectives learned, according to the press release, that the boy found his fathers pistol. The boy's eight year-old sister attempted to take the gun from the boy when it discharged striking the boy. As of 1:30pm Saturday the boy is in stable condition. The boy's father was revealed to be a convicted felon and not allowed to own a firearm. He has been taken into custody on these charges: assault 3rd degree, recklessly endangering another and felon in possession of a firearm.
- STONEY CREEK, TN, 3/01/14: A 13-year-old Carter County boy was described as being in stable condition after suffering a gunshot wound to his neck this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Carter County sheriff’s deputies responded to 123 Herman Peters Road in the Stoney Creek community after receiving a call that a boy had been shot while he was playing with his older brother. According to Sheriff Chris Mathes, who was at the scene, the boy was shot after he and his brother came across a pistol. The boys, Mathes said, thought the gun was unloaded and began to play with it. “Thirteen- and 14-year-old juvenile brothers had apparently gotten a handgun that was buried in a closet ... and were looking at it,” Mathes said. “The 13-year-old boy was shot in the neck.” Mathes said his investigators believe the boy’s older brother was holding the gun when it went off, sending a bullet into the 13-year-old. In addition to the neck wound, Mathes said, the boy also suffered a secondary wound after the bullet exited his body. “From what I understand, it was in the neck and it came out of his shoulder,” Mathes said.
- ROCK FALLS, IL, 3/01/14: A teenage boy is dead after what investigators say was an accidental shooting at the home of an Illinois State Police trooper, the ISP confirmed at 9 tonight. According to a verbal statement provided by Lt. Victor Markowski, interim commander for Zone 2 investigations: "Illinois State Police officials are confirming that an accidental shooting occurred in District 1 at the residence of an ISP trooper at approximately 11:40 a.m. today (Saturday). "Based on preliminary investigative details, the accidental shooting incident involved two male teenagers. One of the male teenagers unrelated to the trooper's family suffered a fatal gunshot wound. "The matter remains under investigation and no further information is available at this time." Markowski declined to provide any further details, including the age of the boys, where the boy was shot or the town in which the shooting occurred. He did say that despite the apparent involvement of an ISP officer, "we are treating this matter as we would any investigation." UPDATE: According to a report by Sauk Valley.com, 15-year-old Matthew Madsen Anderson, a Rock Falls High School freshman was killed Saturday, March 1, 2014. Illinois State Police Lieutenant Victor Markowski said the accidental shooting occurred around 11:40 a.m. Saturday at the home of an Illinois State trooper. The incident involved two teenage boys, and the victim, who was unrelated to the trooper’s family, suffered a fatal gunshot wound.
- HUNTSVILLE, AL, 3/01/14: An 18-year-old Huntsville man who admitted he was intoxicated early Saturday said he was playing around with a loaded handgun when he accidentally shot himself in the foot, police said. When Huntsville Police were called to the scene inside a residence on Bayreuth Drive, the victim's family members confirmed the shooting was self-inflicted and accidental. Police said the man's foot injury was not life-threatening. No arrests in this case have been reported. Huntsville Police did not say whether the victim was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
- DECATUR, AL, 3/01/14: One person was killed after an accidental shooting in Decatur, according to police. Emergency crews responded around 12:30 a.m. Saturday to the 1500 block of Seton Avenue SE. Authorities said 21-year-old Colt Iverson suffered from an apparent gunshot wound and was transported to Decatur Morgan Hospital where he was pronounced dead. During an investigation, officers determined that Iverson accidentally shot himself. Authorities said the body will be transported to the Alabama Department of Forensics for an autopsy. Police said no foul play is suspected but the investigation is ongoing.
- OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 3/01/14: A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his father inside Bass Pro Shops while the man tried on a new holster, police said. Darren Wayne Lannou, of Canyon, Texas, who has a concealed carry permit from that state, was in the Bricktown sporting goods store Saturday night with his firearm in a holster, according to a police incident report. He took off his holstered gun in a dressing room and placed it on a bench where his son was playing with an iPhone, according to the incident report. While trying on the new holster, Lannou tried to retrieve his gun but saw that his son had it. The weapon discharged, causing a graze wound to the boy’s thumb, a through-and-through wound to his father’s right leg and a graze wound to the father’s left leg. Lannou said he grabbed the gun, threw it down, opened the dressing room door and yelled for someone to call 911, according to the report. Workers at the store unloaded the gun before officers arrived. Lannou and his son were taken to OU Medical Center with injuries that were not life threatening. The reporting officer said Lannou continually told police he made a mistake, was very remorseful and was very upset and concerned for his son.
- WEST LIBERTY, KY, 3/01/14: On March 1, 2014 at 3:45 p.m. Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call for service from West Liberty police department, in reference to an accidental shooting on KY 589 in Morgan County. Trooper Luke Goodwin, Trooper Brandon Burton, Morgan County EMS, and 172 Fire Department responded to the scene. John Dougherty, 31, of West Liberty was operating an ATV on private property, when a shotgun that was on his ATV fell off, causing the firearm to accidentally discharge striking him in the hand. Mr. Dougherty was treated at the scene by EMS, and airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky by PHI Air Medical. Mr. Dougherty is currently listed in stable condition. This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Luke Goodwin.
- LOUISVILLE, KY, 3/01/14: A convicted felon has been arrested after shooting a man while showing off a handgun that he shouldn't have had. John B. Brown II, 40, was arrested March 1 after the shooting in the 1200 block of Keswick Blvd. An arrest report says Brown shot a man in the foot while showing off one of the two handguns in his car. Police found a loaded .38 caliber gun under the passenger seat and a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic in the center armrest. The shooting was ruled accidental, but Brown was charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
- MILFORD, CT, 3/01/14: A woman was accused of leaving a loaded firearm inside the bathroom of a restaurant in Milford. Police said they received a complaint Saturday from the Red Robin on the Boston Post Road. Linda Hawkins, 56, of Bridgeport, was arrested. They said she took the gun into the restroom, where it was discovered by an employee. Investigators took the weapon and later made contact with Hawkins. They said the gun is registered. Hawkins was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment.
- BUTLER, PA, 3/01/14: Authorities are investigating after a 3-year-old boy was injured in an accidental shooting over the weekend inside a Butler home. According to police, the incident was reported Saturday around 8:15 p.m. at a home on McKinley Avenue. Investigators told Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz that the boy suffered powder burns on the face when he accidentally fired the gun. Marcinkiewicz reported the gun was found in the armrest of a recliner. Investigators told her the child’s grandfather is a retired police officer, a veteran with more than 30 years on the force. He was not home when the shooting took place, Marcinkiewicz said. The boy was treated at an area hospital and released, officials said. At this time, no charges have been filed.
- STERLING, VA, 3/01/14: Police are working to find out who shot into a Sterling home, narrowly missing the homeowner's dog. The shooting was reported around 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Loudoun County. Felicia Niesciur was standing in her dining room chatting with two friends seated at the table when the drywall suddenly went flying. "All of a sudden, I saw this poof of white stuff out of the wall and I looked at my friends and said, 'Did you see that?'" Niesciur called police but while she waiting for them to arrive, she began running the vacuum, tidying up a bit. That's when she discovered the bullet slug as it clattered into the vacuum. She retrieved it and presented it to the officer. "It wasn't like a brand new bullet," Niesciur said. "It was broken up a little bit and I gave it to him and he said, 'Yes that's lead." The sheriff's office canvassed the area but was unable to determine the source of the bullet. Niesciur said the bullet just passed her dog's water dish, narrowly missing his head. There are woods nearby where it's not uncommon to hear hunters. Niesciur suspects someone might have been playing with a gun or target shooting. She hopes whomever fired the shot will step forward, take responsibility and ease her mind. "It's very scary," Niesciur said. "I don't think it was on purpose. I think it was an accident but it would be nice if someone would acknowledge that they made a mistake."
- NEW ORLEANS, LA, 3/02/14: Many have said that they have shot themselves in the foot after a night on Bourbon Street, and 21-year-old Deanta Belvin did just that. Early this morning, Belvin accidentally shot himself in the 700 block of Bourbon Street, according to NOPD. A security guard approached Belvin, who had a firearm. The pair struggled as the security guard tried to detain Belvin, and Belvin reached for his gun. The weapon discharged, and Belvin accidentally shot himself in the foot. The round punctured Belvin's foot and went into the floor. No one else was injured, and he was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.