Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Boy – Seth Box (Geneva, IN)


GENEVA, Ind. — A 12-year-old boy who was accidentally shot by his brother in their Jennings County home has died.

Major Jerry Shepherd, with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, said, “officers found a 12-year-old child shot once in the head, shot by his 16-year-old brother.”

Major Shepherd said the older brother was moving a .22 caliber rifle when it suddenly went off around 11:30 Monday night, while their parents were sleeping, striking 12-year-old Seth Box.

“I believe they thought the weapon was empty when it wasn’t,” Shepherd said.
It happened at the 9700 block of County Road 275 West in Geneva, Ind. A quiet area in the countryside where the Jennings County Sheriff Department says firearms are common.

Killed – Jeffery Taylor (Utica, MN)

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ABC 6 News ) – The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office says an Utica man was accidentally killed during a bachelor – bachelorette party Saturday night.

The sheriff says Jeffrey Taylor and his two sons had been tending to his cattle at a property in Arendahl Township and that the bachelor – bachelorette party was being held at a home on the same property. Taylor and his sons were invited to stop by the party as they were leaving.

Authorities say some of the people from the party were shooting explosive targets for fun.  Just before 9 p.m., a person shot at a target as several people stood by and watched. Taylor was standing in a group of people behind the shooter and was apparently struck by shrapnel.

He immediately collapsed with a wound to his abdomen. He was driven to nearby location where the Rushford Ambulance and Mayo One Helicopter attended to him, but he was pronounced dead at that location.

Killed – Man (Maryvale, AZ)


Joe Colter didn’t receive an owner’s manual when he bought his 9mm handgun. If he had, he might have read the part that explains how when you rack the slide to eject a bullet, another bullet takes its place. And he might have prevented the accidental death of a friend.

Police say Colter, a 20-year-old Glendale resident, admitted he and a friend were joking around Wednesday night when he unintentionally shot and killed the friend, who is not named in court documents.

Just before midnight, Colter and some friends played video games at an apartment in Maryvale. Colter had the 9mm in his back pocket, which he had bought three months earlier online. The friends were teasing each other and commenting about the gun.

Colter says he had fired the handgun once before, at a range. He says he’d shot 14 rounds using the gun and has never been trained to use a gun. (Also, he never should have been able to buy the weapon because he’s under 21. Furthermore, it’s illegal to carry a concealed weapon if you’re under 21.)

Colter reached his hand into his back pocket and, keeping it hidden behind his back, racked the gun but neglected to take the clip out, according to records. When the live bullet ejected, another took its place.

Colter pointed the gun at his friend and pulled the trigger. Instead of hearing a metallic click, he heard a bang.

His friend fell to the floor, shot in the right shoulder.

Colter tried to render aid and called police. Emergency responders rushed the victim to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he eventually died.

Police spoke with Colter and other witnesses at the gathering, who all said it appeared to be an accident and that the two men were good friends.

Killed – Male Teen – Tristin Yonkin (Lamar, PA)

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PORTER TOWNSHIP, CLINTON COUNTY – A community is grieving the death of a local teen Wednesday.

15 year-old Tristin “Ty” Yonkin was killed Tuesday after being shot in the chest by an air rifle, or pellet gun.

State police said Tristin “Ty” Yonkin and a friend were target shooting with a pellet gun Tuesday afternoon in western Clinton County when somehow, Yonkin was shot in the chest and died.


Killed – Wendell Thompson (Walnut Hill, FL)


A Walnut Hill man was killed Saturday at his home at 7141 Circle Road, just south of the Alabama state line, after accidentally shooting himself with his own shotgun, according to officials with the Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Department.

According to the incident report, Wendell Thompson, 50, was killed when his shotgun accidentally discharged while he was cleaning the weapon, fatally wounding him in his chest.

Sheriff’s deputies and emergency workers from Atmore responded to the scene Saturday at approximately 4:15 p.m., according to Sheriff’s Department officials, but were unable to revive the Thompson.

Killed by 4-year-old Son – Justin Stanfield Thomas (Prescott Valley, AZ)

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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. — A 4-year-old boy who was visiting Prescott Valley with his dad grabbed a loaded handgun from a television stand, asked what it was and pulled the trigger, killing the man in what police say was a tragic accident.

Justin Stanfield Thomas, 34, had traveled from Phoenix to a friend’s home on Friday to pick up some of his things from a duplex where he lived until earlier this year, police said. The boy quickly found a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun, showed it to his dad and fired it, authorities said.

“Daddy got blood on him,” the boy later told investigators.

Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said Monday that it didn’t appear that the tenant – James Williams, 26 – knew Thomas and his son would be visiting or had enough time to secure the weapon before they arrived. No children lived in the house.

Officers responded to a Prescott Valley residence about 12:30 p.m. for a shots fired call. According to PVPD, Thomas’ 4-year-old son accidentally shot him.

Killed – Female Teen – Emilee Bates (Joshua, TX)

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A Texas teen was accidentally shot dead by her own step-brother on her 13th birthday as he cleaned his AK-47, police said.

Austin McCord, 19, was trying to remove rounds from the deadly assault weapon at their home in Joshua on Tuesday evening when a bullet fired and hit Emilee Bates in the stomach.

Cops were called at 8:11 p.m. Bates was airlifted to a hospital in Fort Worth but died two hours later.

Investigators believe McCord had ejected two dummy rounds above his loaded magazine.

Thinking he’d made the weapon safe, he pulled the trigger to drop the bolt.

But he’d forgotten about the loaded magazine, and ended up firing a bullet at the Loflin Middle School student.

No charges are expected to be filed, with Johnson County Sheriff’s Department believing the tragedy to be “110% an accident.”

“There’s no question in our minds this is just a horribly tragic accident,” Sheriff Bob Alford told the Burleson Star.

“(McCord) did everything he could do after the firearm was discharged.”

Killed – Boy – Eric Klyaz (San Diego, CA)

Eric Klyaz

Fourth-grader Eric Klyaz was shot in the chest on June 4 as he and the gun owner’s 9-year-old daughter played with the weapon in the garage of the girl’s Miramar Ranch condominium. The boy died a short time later at a hospital.

The 9 mm semi-automatic pistol is owned by Todd Francis. He had belongings, including the gun and the ammunition, stored in the garage.

Investigators have arrested a San Diego man on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and criminal storage of a firearm after the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy.

A 10-year-old boy has died after being shot while playing with a gun, according to San Diego police investigators.

The boy and his 9-year-old friend found a 9 mm semi-automatic in the garage of a Miramar Ranch North home according to San Diego homicide detectives.

It was around 4:15 p.m. when a neighbor heard a loud bang and then some screaming.

Investigators have arrested a San Diego man on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and criminal storage of a firearm after the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy.


Killed – Female Teen – Brooklyn Mohler (Las Vegas, NV)

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Police said a firearm accidentally discharged when a teen girl handled it inside a Las Vegas home, resulting in a 13-year-old being fatally wounded.

Las Vegas Metro police disclosed some details Wednesday in the shooting that took place the previous day inside a residence in the 1600 block of Little Crow Avenue, near Spencer Street and Pebble Road.

Police said the firearm appeared to have come from within the home and no charges were expected to be filed.

The Clark County Coroner’s office said Brooklyn Mohler of Henderson, was the person who died in the incident. A cause and manner of death was not immediately disclosed.

Clark County School District confirmed Mohler was a seventh grader at Schofield Middle School. A spokesperson said a letter was being sent to parents Wednesday regarding the incident.

Las Vegas Police responded about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to the report of a shooting in a south Las Vegas home and found Mohler, 13, in critical condition. She was taken to University Medical Center, where she died from her injuries.

Another teenage girl was holding the firearm, which came from the residence, when it was discharged, police said. However, no additional details about the circumstances of the accidental shooting have been released.

Killed – Baby – Trenton Mathis (Rusk, TX)



Child Protective Services has taken custody of the other children who were living in the home in Cherokee County, where a two-year-old child shot and killed himself with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun.

Two-year-old Trenton Mathis was pronounced dead on Wednesday afternoon at a hospital in Tyler, after the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said he shot himself in the face.

According to Trenton’s great-grandmother Carolyn Mathis, Trenton had eaten two pieces of gum Wednesday, and he asked his great-grandfather for more. His great-grandfather told Trenton he could have some after dinner. Later, Trenton went into his great-grandparent’s bedroom, looking for gum. Carolyn said Trenton’s great-grandfather left his handgun on the nightstand, but he thought he had closed and locked the door. Carolyn said the door was locked, but it was not closed all the way. Trenton was able to go into the bedroom, and then he climbed onto the bed and searched the nightstand looking for gum. Instead, he found the handgun.

The Cherokee County Sheriff said the Trenton shot himself around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Shadybrook Subdivision near Lake Palestine, west of Bullard.


Killed – Male Teen – Skyler Boring (Maryville, TN)

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MARYVILLE (WATE) - A recent high school graduate and wrestling captain was fatally shot Tuesday night in Blount County.

Relatives say Skyler Boring, 17, was shot in the chest while he and some friends were playing with guns.

It happened at a home on East Lamar Alexander Parkway just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night. The Blount County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting as an accident.

Killed – Male Teen (Cincinnati, OH)


A local teen is dead after an accidental shooting Sunday afternoon in Bond Hill.

A relative of the victim tells FOX19 a teenage boy, was shot around 3pm in the home.

Cincinnati Police say a weapon was recovered from the home in the 1100 block of Carolina Avenue, located off Paddock Road..

Police believe the shooting was accidental and have not released the teens identity.

It happened inside a multi-family home in the 1100 block of Carolina Avenue, located off of Paddock Road. The report was made just after 3 p.m.–11324734/

Killed – Female Teen – Saylor Slone Martine (Tulsa, OK)

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LEFLORE COUNTY, Oklahoma – A LeFlore County teenager taken to a Tulsa hospital after she was accidentally shot in the head Sunday afternoon has died, according to the sheriff’s office.

KFSM TV, the CBS affiliate in Fort Smith, reports Saylor Slone Martine, 15, died after arriving at a Tulsa hospital.

The incident occurred just after 2 p.m. at a home in the community of Tucker.  Tucker is located east of Spiro.

LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale says a .38-caliber handgun discharged inside the home.  He says no one was touching the gun when it went off.

Seale says the gun belongs to the teen’s parents.



A LeFlore County teenager taken to a Tulsa hospital after she was accidentally shot in the head Sunday afternoon has died, according to the sheriff’s office.

KFSM TV, the CBS affiliate in Fort Smith, reports Saylor Slone Martine, 15, died after arriving at a Tulsa hospital.

The incident occurred just after 2 p.m. at a home in the community of Tucker.  Tucker is located east of Spiro.

LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale says a .38-caliber handgun discharged inside the home.  He says no one was touching the gun when it went off.

Seale says the gun belongs to the teen’s parents.

Killed – Male Teen – Deontre Noble (Texarkana, AR)

Deontre Noble
A community is in mourning after a Texarkana teen dies from an apparent accidental gunshot wound.

Texarkana, Ark., police reported Monday that officers responded Saturday afternoon to a 911 call in the 300 block of Park Place Street.

Officers found a 14-year-old juvenile male, identified as Deontre Noble, with a gunshot wound.

The teen was pronounced dead on scene by Deputy Coroner Jan Gann.

The shooting happened Saturday, May 25th, in the 300 block of Park Place Street in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Killed – Sandra Andrade (Palmview, TX)


EDINBURG — The boyfriend of a cook slain Friday at a bar near Palmview has been charged with murder.

Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Homer Jasso charged Anthony Stewart, 28, on Tuesday in the shooting of Sandra Andrade, 23.

Stewart is accused of killing Andrade early Friday morning with a handgun at La Cocina Bar near the intersection of Mile 2 North and La Homa Road, then asking a friend to bury the weapon.

“It was an accident,” Stewart said through tears at Tuesday’s arraignment.

But Sheriff Lupe Treviño is skeptical the shooting could have been accidental.

“Then why hide the weapon if it was an accident?” he asked. “The weapon — a .25-caliber Beretta — that is a brand-name weapon. Those don’t go off unless you pull the trigger.”

Killed – Boy – Keshawn Carter Davis (Greenville, TX)


Greenville police say a child was accidentally shot and killed inside a home Friday morning.

According to police, they received a 911 call at about 10:45 a.m. that someone had been shot inside a residence.

The first officer arrived at the scene only a minute later and located the injured 12-year-old child, identified as Keshawn Carter Davis. The child was transported to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said the child was shot once and that the shooting appears to be accidental, but that how the children came into possession of the gun and what led to the shooting are under investigation.

“By all accounts, there were no adults present when the shooting occurred. Five children, ages 4, 9 and three 12-year olds, were the only people in the home at the time of the shooting,” said Daniel Busken, Greenville Chief of Police.

Killed – Girl – Maggie Hollifield (Crozet, VA)

Maggie Hollifield

Tuesday at 10 a.m., the call went out for help. Albemarle County police say a 14-year-old boy shot Maggie and killed her on the 1400 block of McAllister Street. Albemarle County police remained on the scene for several hours to conduct their investigation.

Maggie Hollifield’s obituary describes a camp-loving 10-year-old who died from a “tragic accident” in her Crozet home. Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford agrees and will not seek indictments against the girl’s 13-year-old brother nor her parents for the fatal May 21 shooting.

Maggie’s father, Paul Hollifield, pastor at Commonwealth Christian Community, which operates Victory Hill Church of God After School Care, and his wife Anne had left their four children home that Tuesday morning to attend to business. That was not unusual for the home-schooled children, who ranged in ages from 9- to 15-years-old, according to a June 13 letter from Lunsford to Steve Sellers, Albemarle police chief, detailing what happened.

The night before, the brother had cleaned and taken apart his shotgun in the living room. The gun had been given to him by a relative and was not working properly, says the prosecutor’s letter.

The next morning, he was making a modification to the gun and had taken out the shells but forgot one in the chamber. In cycling shells through the gun to make sure it was working, the firearm discharged and struck Maggie, who was standing behind a love seat upon which their 9-year-old sibling was sitting.–95868769—Girl–10–dies-in-accidental-shooting

Killed – David Allen Moholland (Spartanburg, SC)

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A 21-year-old South Carolina woman has been charged with murder after she admitted killing her 20-year-old boyfriend, but she insists the whole thing was an accident.

Spartanburg police said that Erika Michelle Sutelman shot David Allen Moholland in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun at an apartment where they were staying as guests at around 5:45 p.m. on Monday.

“Sutelman told officers she had a brown and black Mossburg 12-gauge shotgun in her hands as she and Moholland were playing around in the apartment,” WYFF reported. “Sutelman said she thought the safety was in the on position, so she pulled the trigger and the gun fired a single shot at Moholland.”

Killed – Boy – Gage Wilkinson (Dayton, NV)

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A 12-year-old Dayton boy was killed in an apparent accidental shooting Sunday morning, May 19.

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the 1500 block of Riverpark Parkway for a shooting.

When they arrived, they found the victim dead of a gunshot wound. ..

While the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has not released a report, Detective J.L. Pattison said the shooting at 11:18 a.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of Riverpark Parkway was confirmed to be accidental.

Killed – Anastasia Adair (Federal Heights, CO)

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FEDERAL HEIGHTS, Colo. – Witnesses tell police a Federal Heights woman was killed when the new assault rifle she was showing to friends accidentally fired on Tuesday night

Witnesses and the husband told police the group had been drinking in the garage of the couple’s home at 10024 Elliot St. when 22-year-old Anastasia Adair, a new gun enthusiast, went upstairs to a bedroom to get her recently purchased assault rifle.

Anastasia was walking back down the stairs into the garage when she reached out to hand the rifle to her husband, Shane Adair, who was below her on the stairs. The gun fired, striking her in the head, two witnesses and the husband told police.

Shane Adair told police he’s not sure if he touched the gun as his wife reached out to hand it to him, Federal Heights Police Lt. Gary Toldness said. The gun fired a second time as the wounded woman fell forward on the stairs and her husband caught her in his arms, but that shot didn’t hit anyone, police said.

Anastasia was transported by ambulance to Denver Health Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, Toldness said.

The incident occurred around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Killed – Male Teen – Greg Reese (Houston, TX)

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HOUSTON (KTRK) – A 16-year-old is dead after a gun accidentally went off inside a car in west Harris County Tuesday evening, say investigators.

It happened Tuesday at around 6:30pm. As many as five teens were in a silver sedan at the time the gun was discharged.

Authorities say after the shot was fired, the group drove the injured teen, who’s been identified as 16-year-old Gregory Reese, to Texas Children’s Hospital in Katy, but it was too late.

Detectives say so far, it appears that the gun accidentally fired as it was in the hands of one of the teens sitting in the back seat. Reese was in the front seat.–207605101.html

Killed – Female Teen – Makayla Lance (Pontiac, MI)

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PONTIAC (WWJ) -  An 18-year-old Pontiac man has been charged with manslaughter after girlfriend died, one day after she was shot in the face.

Lorenzo Clanagan claims it was an accident, telling authorities that he was playing with a gun when it went off.

Police said 17-year-old Makayla Lance of Pontiac was shot at around 4:05 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 100 block of W. Rutgers, near Columbia and Baldwin avenues.

When police arrived at the scene, Clanagan was at the Lance’s side, apparently trying to administer first aid. Lance was rushed to McLaren Oakland Hospital where she was place on life support, as police took Clanagan, back to the station for questioning.

Killed – Boy – Jarvan Jackson (Lake City, FL)


An 11-year-old Lake City boy who apparently was accidentally shot Sunday by a 4-year-old died from his injuries Tuesday at Shands at the University of Florida.

 Police said they arrived at the Cedar Park Apartment complex in Lake City Sunday to find that Jarvan Jackson, 11, had been shot inside one of the apartments.

Jarvan Jackson, who was shot on Sunday inside a Lake City apartment, died Tuesday at Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Killed – Boy – Jason Haley (Denton, TX)

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A 5-year-old Denton boy who was accidentally shot in the head Saturday by his 8-year-old friend has died.

The boy, Jason Haley, was pronounced dead at 12:05 p.m. Monday, Denton police said.

Haley was shot with a .22-caliber rifle inside a bedroom at a home on the 2700 block of Stockton Street.

Officers said two adults and one teenager were also inside the house when the shooting happened at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Killed – Austin Tyler Blankenburg-Cummins (Boise, ID)

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BOISE — Police say the victim of an accidental shooting on Friday has died and the man who killed him has been arrested.

Derick L. Sedivy, 23, of Boise is charged with felony involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Friday night shooting. He also faces a weapons enhancement for use of a deadly weapon.

The Ada County coroner has identified the victim as 20-year-old Austin Blankenburg of Kuna. He died from a gunshot wound to the head. The cause of death is listed as homicide.

Officers say it appears Sedivy accidentally shot a relative around 10:19 p.m. Friday at a gathering in a home near South Orchard and Cassia streets. Blankenburg was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, where he was pronounced dead.–Boise-Shooting-Death

Killed – Toddler – Kinsler Allen Davis (Corsicana, TX)

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CORSICANA — A toddler died late Wednesday after accidentally shooting himself.

Corsicana Police Chief Randy Bratton said the boy’s 35-year-old father called 911 just before 9 p.m. and told dispatchers his son shot himself at the family’s home on North 30th Street.

Kinsler Allen Davis was taken to Navarro Regional Hospital and then flown by helicopter to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, where doctors pronounced him dead just after 11 p.m. The boy was less than a month away from his third birthday.

A preliminary investigation shows the boy found the handgun inside a bedroom and fired it. The bullet hit him in the head, Chief Bratton said. The boy’s father was in a walk-in closet in the bedroom where the boy was, feet away from where the accident occured. Initially, the chief reported the father to be in another room but he later said that was incorrect.

Killed – Brittany Grizzle (Macon, GA)

Brittany Grizzle

A Jones County man told deputies that he fatally shot his girlfriend while he handled his handgun, an incident report says.

The sheriff’s office says it is investigating whether the death was an accident.

They say 22-year-old Brittany Grizzle died shortly after 8:30 Monday night.

An incident report from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department says it happened in a home on the 3694 block of Joycliff Road.

The report says 27-year-old Waylon Goodson told deputies it happened while he was handling his .357 revolver.

Killed – Toddler – Jadarrius Speights (Tampa, FL)

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TAMPA, Florida – 3-year-old Jadarrius Speights accidentally shot and killed himself inside the bedroom of an apartment he shared with his mother, father, and uncle, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened Monday evening around 7:10 p.m.

Detectives say 29-year-old Jeffrey Walker shared a bedroom with his nephew Jadarrius and allegedly left a 9mm handgun in a backpack. Walker left the room, and detectives believe Jadarrius got the gun out of the backpack and shot himself.

Walker purchased the gun at a gun shop in the Tampa Bay area and also has a concealed weapons permit. He’s been charged with culpable negligence, which is a 3rd degree felony.

The child’s parents, 21-year-old Jasmine Bell and 22-year-old Trentin Speights, were in their bedroom at the time of the shooting.

Killed – Clayton Law (Murray, KY)

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MURRAY (AP) – A Murray State University student has died after being shot in the head with a handgun.

Calloway County Coroner Ricky Harris says 23-year-old Clayton Law of Elizabethtown died early Sunday morning when he fired the handgun.

Harris says the state medical examiner will perform an autopsy and the results will be available in about a week.

Murray State University Vice President Mike Young told The Paducah Sun that the gun accidentally went off as Law, a veteran of the U.S. Army, showed it to a friend.

Clayton Law, 23, was from the Elizabethtown area. Harris said he was called to the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity house at 911 N. 16th St. at approximately 12:30 a.m. Sunday, and he pronounced Law dead at 1:11 a.m. Law was taken to the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville for an autopsy because the Madisonville office is closed on weekends. Harris said Monday that the preliminary report had been completed and the official report would probably be finished in about a week.

Killed – Adam Hagan (Jackson Hole, WY)

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The Teton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accidental shooting death of an unidentified 20-year-old man. According to the Lt. Bob Gwilliam, the victim was showing a semi-automatic handgun to friends when it went off, killing him instantly. Gilliam said the man apparently removed the clip thinking the gun then had no bullets but a round remained in the chamber.

UPDATE: The shooting victim has been identified as Adam Hagan, 27, of Jackson. Hagan is believed to have had experience in the U.S. Military and was familiar with the use of firearms. It is not the same Adam Hagan who owns Hughes Productions.

27 year old Adam Hagan of Jackson is dead after an apparent accidental gunshot wound early Friday morning.  Sheriff’s Lieutenant Bob Gilliam says the call came in about 1:30 am and responding officers found Hagan sitting on a couch with a gunshot wound to his head and the gun still in his hand.  Gilliam says there were three friends in the room with him at the time, and it appears alcohol was involved.  He says initial investigation revealed the deceased shot himself in the head as he was showing off a semi-automatic handgun to a friend while the two were seated on a sofa in the living room.  The friends say Hagan removed the magazine from the gun and put the gun up to his head in jest.  However, the gun apparently still contained a bullet.  Gilliam says the incident is still under investigation .

Killed – Kevin Brooks (Sussex, VA)

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SUSSEX, Va. (AP) – Virginia has recorded its second hunting fatality of the year.

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Police say 46-year-old Kevin Brooks of Virginia Beach was shot to death Wednesday while turkey hunting near Waverly.

Lee Walker of the game department tells The Virginian-Pilot that Brooks was hunting with 70-year-old Raymond Weidner of Virginia Beach. Walker says that after the two separated, Weidner saw movement and misidentified his target, fatally shooting Brooks.

The Sussex County Sheriff’s Department received a call around 10 a.m. for a man shot near the town of Waverly, off Shingleton Road.

Killed – Toddler – Darrien Nez (Yuma, AZ)


An Arizona toddler died after accidentally shooting himself in the face with his 35-year-old grandma’s hand gun, police said.

Darrien Nez, who was just 3 years old, picked Rachel Spry’s 9mm pistol out of her backpack before firing it at his Yuma home at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Killed – Toddler – Caroline Marjorie Brooke Sparks (Burkesville, KY)

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Caroline Marjorie Brooke Sparks, 2, was accidently shot by her 5-year-old brother Kristian, right, at their home in Burkesville, Ky.

Killed – Girl (Mountain Village, AK)


A 5-year-old girl from the Southwest Alaska community of Mountain Village was shot and killed by her 8-year-old brother on Monday, Alaska State Troopers reported. The two young children had been left home alone when the shooting took place, troopers said.

Few details were available Tuesday, but the 8-year-old was reportedly playing with a .22-caliber Ruger rifle when the weapon discharged, fatally shooting his sister at about 2:20 p.m. Monday. It was not immediately clear if the shooting was accidental or intentional, and the girl’s body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage for an autopsy. The boy was familiar with the weapon and had used it the previous day to go hunting, according to Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.

Alaska, despite a low rate of intentional homicides committed with firearms, was the highest in the nation for overall firearm deaths per-capita in 2008, according to one study, coming in at more than 20 deaths by gun for every 100,000 people in the Last Frontier. There are, on average, about 1.5 guns per household in Alaska.

Wounded – Man (Chicago, IL)


In the city’s South Shore neighborhood, a 54-year-old man shot himself in the abdomen in the 7200 block of South Paxton Avenue at 3:15 p.m., according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Joshua Purkiss. The shooting is believed to have been accidental.,0,2920102.story

Killed – William Wanko (Parkside, PA)


PARKSIDE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Philadelphia-area woman fatally shot her husband by accident while he was giving her a gun lesson after they had been drinking.

Parkside police Chief John Egan says officers responded to their home around 4 a.m. Saturday and found 43-year-old William Wanko with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Egan says Wanko’s 42-year-old wife, Michele, said they’d been drinking lemonade and vodka for hours when she said she wanted to learn how to use a weapon in case someone tried to break in while he was away.

Police say William Wanko was getting another gun out when his wife picked up a pistol and pulled the slide back, but the gun went off. She called 911.

She’s charged with involuntary manslaughter. It wasn’t immediately clear if she had an attorney.

PARKSIDE – A borough woman was charged in the fatal shooting of her husband in their West Roland Road home during what police said was her first gun lesson in the wee hours Saturday.

Killed – De’juan Dayshawn Antoine (New Orleans, LA)

Dejuan Antoine

New Orleans man died early Saturday after he accidentally shot himself while trying to repair his gun, authorities said. Dejuan Antoine, 26, died around 1:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Elysian Fields Avenue, said John Gagliano, chief investigator for the Orleans Parish coroner’s office.

A woman who was with Antoine at the time told investigators he was examining his gun because it wasn’t functioning properly. The gun fired, and the bullet apparently struck an artery in Antoine’s left leg, causing him to bleed to death, Gagliano said.

Killed – Boy – Dalton Wayne Taylor (Marengo, OH)

Dalton Wayne Taylor

A 10-year-old Morrow County boy died yesterday after he and a group of kids playing in a garage found a shotgun. Authorities are calling it an accidental shooting.

Dalton Taylor, who was a fourth-grader at Highland Elementary School, died at the Morrow County Hospital about 7 p.m.

The shooting happened in the garage at Dalton’s home, 2957 County Road 170 in the southern part of the county. Dalton’s father, Travis Taylor, was working on a fence in the backyard while the kids played in the garage, the Morrow County sheriff’s office said this morning.

The shotgun and hunting gear had recently been removed from a vehicle and stored. The sheriff’s office said it is unclear whether the gun was already loaded or if the juveniles found the shells and loaded it.

The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office said Dalton Wayne Taylor was shot in the chest in his family’s garage at about 6 p.m. Thursday near Marengo, about 40 miles north of Columbus.

Killed – Boy – Jerald Tucker, Jr. (Vicksburg, MS)

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On Monday April 22, 2013 at approximately 2140 hours, Vicksburg Police responded to 2934 Park Ave. Vicksburg, MS in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived on scene, 10 year old Gerald Tucker, Jr. was on the living room floor of the residence in distress; the child was suffering from an apparent single gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to River Region Medical Center for treatment and later transported to the University Medical Center by helicopter.

On Wednesday April 24, 2013, warrants were issued for the arrests of Willie Willis and Joshua Coffee regarding the death of ten year old Jerald Tucker, Jr. The shooting occurred at the child’s residence where he lived with Willis and his father Jerald Tucker, Sr. Willis is the older brother of Jerald. Both have been charged with Manslaughter.

According to statements by witnesses, Coffee and Willis were handling a small caliber weapon in the living room of the residence where Jerald was playing a video game. The weapon discharged striking the child in the back of the head. The weapon is believed to belong to Willis.

Killed – Boy – Cody R. Hall (Donald, OR)

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DONALD, Ore. – A four-year-old boy died of a gunshot wound in his home Saturday, investigators said.

It happened in Donald in the 10000 block of Main Street NE at around 5:30 p.m.

Cody R. Hall died from a single gunshot wound, Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Don Thomson said. Investigators on Saturday said the shooting appeared to be an accident. They are not looking for any suspects in connection with Hall’s death.

The medical examiner’s office said an autopsy is scheduled for Monday. Investigators have not released any details about how the boy was shot.

Killed – Michael Cornelio (Pompano Beach, FL)

Michael Cornelio

The gunman who shot and killed a man in Pompano Beach early Friday afternoon has fled, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the shooting in the 200 block of Southwest Second Place at 2:48 p.m., said Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dani Moschella.

There were four people hanging out inside the apartment where the shooting happened. Michael Cornelio, 19, of Pompano Beach, was shot dead, the agency reported.

The Sheriff’s Office says the gunman is Adiel Jaramillo, 20, also of Pompano Beach, who is a known gang member and may be armed.

Adiel Jaramillo, 20, surrendered Wednesday just hours after the victim’s parents appealed to his conscience. He had been on the run since Michael Cornelio, 19, was shot dead Friday afternoon in a Pompano Beach apartment, Broward Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Feeley said.

“The suspect was playing with a gun and the gun went off,” he said. “The suspect then tried to conceal his identity by wiping the gun clean and dropping the gun at the scene, and then he fled on foot.”

Killed – Martha Socorro Marin (Santa Ana, CA)

Martha Socorro Marin

SANTA ANA – A woman died after a man said he accidentally shot her in the chest with a BB rifle Thursday morning, police said.

Officers about 11 a.m. responded to reports of a shooting at a home in the 1000 block of South Austin Street, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

They found a woman unconscious with a small puncture wound in her upper chest, Bertagna said.

The woman was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where she was pronounced dead less than an hour later. Authorities have identified her as Martha Socorro Marin, 32.

A 34-year-old man who was at the home when officers arrived said he had accidentally shot Marin in the chest with his BB rifle, police said.

Killed – Boy – Michael A. Bisbee III (Lapwai, ID)

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LAPWAI, Idaho (AP) — Northern Idaho authorities say an 8-year-old Lapwai boy has died after being shot in the chest on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.

Nez Perce County Sheriff Joe Rodriguez tells the Lewiston Tribune that the Wednesday shooting was accidental.

He says sheriff’s deputies and Nez Perce Tribal Police responded about 4:45 p.m. to a call reporting a gunshot wound at a residence.

LAPWAI, Idaho (AP) – Northern Idaho officials have identified the 8-year-old Lapwai boy who police say died in an accidental shooting on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.

Nez Perce County Coroner Gary Gilliam says Michael A. Bisbee III died Wednesday following a gunshot wound to the chest.

Killed – Shayla May Shonneker (Oregon City, OR)

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A 9-year-old girl who was shot in the head around 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon in Oregon City died shortly after, according to Oregon City Police.

Police say the initial report was that the mother’s boyfriend was cleaning a handgun inside the house when it accidentally discharged. The bullet shot through the wall of the house, located near 12th and Division streets.

Police found the girl in the backyard upon their arrival where she had been playing, reports said.

Police also identified the shooter as Joseph Wade Wolters, 32, the live-in boyfriend of Shayla’s mother.

Killed – Nicholas Anderson (Boring, OR)


UPDATE (4/15/2013, 11:20 a.m.): Names, preliminary details in shooting incident released

The Sheriff’s Office can now release the names of the victim and shooter in Saturday’s incident in Boring.

The shooter is identified as Joseph Danna, 19, of Happy Valley.

The victim is identified as Nicholas Anderson, 19, of Oregon City.

Mr. Danna is cooperating with Sheriff’s Office investigators. Joseph Danna told investigators the shooting was an accident that happened while he and Nicholas Anderson were out hunting coyotes in Boring.

The investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office is applying its full resources to the investigation, and plans to refer it to the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office.

EARLIER (4/13/2013, 9:04 a.m.)

At approximately 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to SE Bartell Road, south of Highway 212 in Boring, Oregon. Deputies were responding to a report of a person who had been shot at the location. There were people on-scene rendering aid to the victim.

The location of the incident is in unincorporated Clackamas County and on private property. This is a private residence with a large parcel of land. Portions of the land are heavily wooded. The victim was reported to be approximately 100 feet down a steep ravine. Initially deputies and fire fighters from the Boring Fire Department requested resources for a high-angle rope rescue of the victim.

Because time was a factor, rescuers conducted a hasty rescue. Unfortunately, the victim died at the scene before he could be transported by Lifeflight. Deputies and detectives from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office will now be conducting a thorough investigation. Based on preliminary statements and initial investigation, it is believed this death may be the result of a hunting accident.

At this point, there are no outstanding suspects or persons of interest. All parties involved in this incident are accounted for and are being cooperative with the investigation. Because this is an active investigation, there will be no further information released at this time (to include the names of the individuals involved).–202924671.html

Killed – Female Teen – Titania Mitchell (Jacksonville, FL)

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A 13-year-old old girl was found dead inside a Northside home Saturday afternoon in what appears to be an accidental shooting, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Rob Schoonover said police were called to a home in the 11300 block of Riverstone Way just afer 3 p.m. to investigate a shooting.

Schoonover said several children — ages 13, 11, 10, 9 and 1 — were in the home without adult supervision when a shooting occurred.

Schoonover said it appears the children were playing with the firearm when it went off, hitting the 13-year-old.

Killed – Gavin Brummett (Salina, KS)

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A 7-year-old central Kansas boy has died a day after accidentally shooting himself in the head while handling a pistol with his father and brothers.

Gavin Brummett of rural Salina shot himself around 5:45 p.m. on Friday while shooting with Rodney Brummett, Jr., his father, and his two brothers. The Salina Journal reports that Saline County Sheriff Glenn Kochanowski has confirmed that Brummett shot himself while handling a Master Piece Arms .9 mm semiautomatic handgun.

The slain boy’s father said he heard two shots in rapid succession before seeing his fallen son. The boy was rushed to a local hospital before being airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KSAL reports. Brummett died of his injuries at 6:44 p.m. on Saturday.

Police are investigating the boy’s death. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Monday.

The Kansas City Star reports that Mr Brummett took his sons shooting with one gun that evening. A family interest in guns comes as little surprise as public records prove that Mr Brummett had a hunting license issued in Alaska in 2003.


Killed – James Daniels (New Castle, IN)


EW CASTLE, Ind. -  A man died Wednesday after a shooting Tuesday involving a man and his brother-in-law, authorities said.

New Castle police said James Daniels, 18, was rushed to St. Vincent Hospital, where he died after undergoing surgery.

A .40-caliber handgun was recovered from the home at 801 S. Main St., the New Castle Courier Times reported..

Kyle Tackett, 23, Daniels’ brother-in-law, was arrested Tuesday on charges of criminal recklessness, pointing a firearm and aggravated battery. Additional charges are pending.

Investigators are working to determine what led to the shooting.

James Daniels, 18, who was shot Tuesday afternoon in a New Castle home, died this afternoon at St. Vincent Hospital, New Castle police Chief Brad Catron said.

Daniels was flown to the Indianapolis-area hospital after he was injured around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at 801 S. Main St. According to a media release from the Henry County Prosecutor’s Office, Daniels was able to tell officers that he was shot by his brother-in-law, Kyle D. Tackett, 23. …

Killed – Boy – Qui’ontrez Moss (Sumter, SC)

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The Sumter County Coroner says he’s ruled the death of 3-year-old Qui’ontrez Moss accidental. Police say the child found a gun in an apartment and the gun discharged, killing him, about 10 a.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Manor Apartments on South Pike Road.

The coroner says autopsy results confirm the child died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Sumter police are still investigating if the owner of the gun should be charged.

The gun belonged to the child’s uncle, James Patrick, according to Sumter Police Major Alvin Holston.

He says Patrick immediately called 911 after he heard the gunshot.

Patrick is a certified law enforcement officer with Shaw Airforce Base in Sumter, according to Master Sergeant Cohen Young with Shaw Airforce Base Public Affairs Office.

Holston says the weapon involved in the deadly shooting was not Patrick’s service weapon.

Killed – Boy – Brandon Holt (Toms River, NJ)

Brandon Holt

That was the case Monday when, a neighbor says, 6-year-old Brandon Holt and his friend were playing “pretend shooting” in the friend’s yard. Just before 7 p.m., the 4-year-old friend ran into his house and emerged moments later carrying a .22 caliber rifle.

The gun went off and Brandon, who was about 4-5 feet away, was hit in the head.

Brandon died Tuesday at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune as police investigated how the 4-year-old was able to get his hands on the gun and prosecutors considered whether to criminally charge any adults.