Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Toddler – Noah Chambers (Cabot, AR)

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LONOKE, Ark. (KTHV) – A Lonoke County man is under arrest in connection with the shooting death of a child.

Friday morning around 9:30 a.m., 30-year-old Vance Colbert Gatlin turned himself in with his attorney to the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office. He was then arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor and theft by receiving.

These charges are based on the shooting death of 3-year-old Noah Chambers which occurred at Gatlin’s residence on July 21.

Investigators said in July, 3-year-old Noah Chambers went to his neighbors’ house on Kerr Station Road, and followed the couple into their bedroom where he found a gun on the night stand.

He then picked up the gun and accidentally shot himself, according to investigators.

Killed – Shakeydra Freeney (Dallas, TX)


Update at 5:30 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: A 20-year-old man was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of Shakeydra Freeney police said.

Police said Rickey Jackson was hanging out around 3:30 a.m. at the apartment in the 7300 block of Chaucer Place with Freeney, who is also 20, and a few other people early Thursday. Jackson said he found a shotgun in a closet and began carrying it around, police said. He allegedly pulled the trigger once without a round in the chamber firing.

Police said he continued playing with the gun and pulled the trigger again. This time, the gun fired a round, which hit Freeney in the face.

Jackson dropped the gun and fled, police said. A few other witnesses ran away, too.

Jackson told police that he didn’t know the gun was loaded. Jackson will be charged with second-degree manslaughter, police said. He is currently in Dallas County Jail. His bail hasn’t been set yet

Killed – Male Teen – Logan Allen (Edina, MO)

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A Knox County teen who was accidentally shot Tuesday has died.

Officials at University Hospital in Columbia say Logan Allen, 15, died Wednesday morning.

The shooting happened around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at a home on West Jackson Street in Edina.

Officials say Allen and a couple of other boys were hanging out together when Allen was accidentally shot in the back of the head.

The weapon involved was reportedly a .22-caliber firearm.

Funeral arrangements for Logan Allen are pending at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina.

Killed – Michael Bailey (Pueblo, CO)


Pueblo police are investigating the shooting death of an 18-year-old man late Monday.

The Pueblo County coroner identified the deceased as Michael Bailey.

Coroner James Kramer said Tuesday he had not classified Bailey’s death, but he died at Parkview Medical Center of a gunshot to the head.

“It’s pending investigation in terms of circumstances,” Kramer said.

Deputy Chief Andy McLachlan of the Pueblo Police Department said the investigation is underway, but “we’re looking at self-inflicted accidental.”

The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. in a home on the 100 block of Creston Drive.

Killed – Boy – Raytwon Briggs (Youngstown, OH)

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Three handguns were found inside the room where a 4-year-old boy was fatally shot.

Reports said the boy, Ray-twon Briggs, 4, died after being shot at about 11 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Fairgreen Avenue. The Mahoning County Coroner said Monday Briggs died of a perforating gunshot wound to the head and died within seconds of being shot.

“There is equally sufficient evidence from the scene and autopsy to suggest either an accident or homicide,” a statement from the coroner’s office said. Coroner’s investigators will refrain from ruling the manner of the death until the investigation is completed, the statement said.

The boy’s grandmother told police the boy was playing with one of the guns and fatally shot himself through the head while two other children, ages 1 and 5, were inside the room with Briggs.–Boy–4–died-within-seconds.html

Killed – Marvin Bickling (Frostburg, MD)

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Allegany County say a Baltimore man has died after an apparent accidental shooting.

The county sheriff’s office says 35-year-old Marvin Bickling was found suffering from a gunshot wound on Saturday evening at a storage shed facility on Shaft Road in Frostburg.

Bickling was taken to a hospital, where he later died. The shooting is under investigation.

Killed – Larry Hallett (Vero Beach, FL)

Larry Hallett

VERO BEACH, FL, 7/04/13: There is a noticeable void at slip A-06 in the Vero Beach City Marina these days. The Shoestring, the 31-foot sail boat, remains there but Larry Hallett, the craft’s owner and a friend of many islanders, is gone. Hallett—an experienced boat carpenter and massage therapist—accidentally shot himself to death while cleaning his gun as revelers ushered in the Independence Day holiday. When Hallett’s body was discovered, his Taurus 9mm Millennium, a semiautomatic firearm he had been trying to dispose of, was nearby. Harry Wheaton, his friend and slipmate, said the firearm came with The Shoestring when Hallett bought it. “He asked me if I had a gun and I said, ‘No I never want to carry one again,’” said Wheaton, a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Wheaton said Hallett also had no use for the gun and even contacted the Vero Beach Police Department for advice on how to best to get rid of the weapon. Near the body were the gun’s magazine, a gun cleaning kit and instruction manual that read, “How to Clean Your Gun.”

Hallett – an experienced boat carpenter and massage therapist – accidentally shot himself to death while cleaning his gun as revelers ushered in the Independence Day holiday. His body was discovered July 6 inside the cabin of The Shoestring.