Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

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

Qui'ontrez Moss

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.

Killed – Henry Antonio Ortiz-Reyes (Kissimmee, FL)


A 20-year-old Osceola County man accidentally shot and killed another man while they were handling a revolver in a vehicle at a gas station in Kissimmee on Monday, police said Tuesday.

Henry Gonzalez-Galay of Kissimmee was charged with manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence in connection to the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Henry Antonio Ortiz-Reyes of Kissimmee.

Ortiz-Reyes, his girlfriend, Maria Gonzalez, and her brother, Gonzalez-Galay, were in her vehicle when they stopped for gas at the Shell station at 2201 West Columbia Ave. sometime before 4:45 p.m. Monday.

When she went inside to pay, Ortiz-Reyes removed a revolver from a book bag in the front seat and showed it to Gonzalez-Galay.

“As Henry took the gun from Ortiz-Reyes he put his finger within the gun’s trigger guard and accidentally fired it, striking Ortiz-Reyes,” police said in a report.

When Gonzalez returned to the vehicle, she saw Ortiz-Reyes lying on the ground by the passenger side of the vehicle.

Killed – Man (Winchester, TN)


A Franklin County man accidentally shot himself while cleaning a gun Sunday night, according to the sheriff’s department.

The victim, whose name has not been released, later died from his injuries.

Killed – Girl – Gracie Morin (Brownwood, TX)

Gracie Morin

In what police are calling a “horrible tragedy,” neighbors say a 4-year-old Brownwood girl was accidentally shot and killed by her father Sunday night while he was handling a gun in another room.

Killed – Josephine Fanning (Wilson County, TN)

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A pistol in the hands of a 4-year-old boy went off during a weekend cookout, killing the wife of a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy who was showing his guns to a relative, state police said Monday.

No one saw the boy pick up the weapon before the shooting, which occurred Saturday night in Lebanon, east of Nashville, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said. The single shot killed 47-year-old Josephine Fanning, the wife of Wilson County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Fanning.

The couple were hosting family and friends at their house when Daniel Fanning and a relative went into a bedroom to check out some of Fanning’s guns, Helm said. Josephine Fanning and the boy walked into the room later, and at some point the boy picked the loaded pistol up off the bed.

Helm said she wasn’t sure of the relationship between the boy and the Fannings. The TBI, which investigates incidents involving law enforcement officers, is still conducting its probe, and no charges have been filed.

A 4-year old boy shot and killed the wife of a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy over the weekend, police say.

On April 6, Wilson County Deputy Daniel Fanning was inside his home showing his weapons collection to a relative when the officer’s wife and young nephew entered the room. The child grabbed one of Fanning’s loaded guns off the bed and fired a single shot.

The bullet struck Josephine Fanning, the deputy’s 48-year-old wife. Despite efforts to revive her, Josephine was pronounced dead at the scene.

The gun used in the shooting was not the officer’s service weapon, nor was he on duty at the time of the incident, The Tennessean reported.

A 4-year old boy shot and killed the wife of a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy over the weekend, police say.

On April 6, Wilson County Deputy Daniel Fanning was inside his home showing his weapons collection to a relative when the officer’s wife and young nephew entered the room. The child grabbed one of Fanning’s loaded guns off the bed and fired a single shot.

The bullet struck Josephine Fanning, the deputy’s 48-year-old wife. Despite efforts to revive her, Josephine was pronounced dead at the scene.

The gun used in the shooting was not the officer’s service weapon, nor was he on duty at the time of the incident, The Tennessean reported.

Killed – Barbara Campbell (Greenwood County, SC)

Barbara Campbell

Investigators have ruled the shooting that occurred on Baywood Circle Wednesday afternoon accidental, according to Sheriff Tony Davis.

“Based on our investigation, we do not see any malicious or criminal intent in the shooting,” Davis said Friday afternoon. “After speaking with the Coroner’s Office and the Solicitor’s Office, we are ruling the death accidental.”

64-year-old Barbara Campbell was shot in the chest Wednesday afternoon at her home on Baywood Circle. Reports indicate that her husband was present at the home at the time of the shooting and both were in the garage.

According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to 117 Baywood Circle at about 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving a 911 call about a shooting incident. When deputies arrived, they found Campbell on the floor of the garage with a gunshot wound to the chest and her husband kneeling over her and visibly upset.

Deputies began performing CPR on her until EMS arrived, at which time paramedics took over. Campbell was taken to Self Regional Medical Center via ambulance, where she later succumbed to her injuries.

According to the report, there was a multi-colored Glock auto pistol lying near Campbell on the floor of the garage without a clip. The slide was slightly offset to the rear and there was a spent 9mm casing stovepiped in the chamber. The magazine, which contained eight live rounds, was also lying on the floor.

Killed – Daejanara Brooks (Memphis, TN)


MEMPHIS, TN ( – Memphis police have charged the boyfriend of a woman who was found shot dead in a Hickory Hill apartment Sunday evening.

Officers were called to the 3900-block of Hickory Farms just after 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 31. When they arrived they found a 20-year-old female victim inside on the floor with a gunshot wound. The victim, Daejanara Brooks, was pronounced dead on the scene.

A witness identified Brooks’ boyfriend, 21-year-old Nicholas McKinley, as the person responsible for the shooting. According to the affidavit, McKinley came to the MPD Homicide office and told investigators he accidentally shot Brooks while he was playing with a gun.

Nicholas McKinley was arrested and charged with Reckless Homicide. He was booked at the Shelby County Jail on a $15,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court April 10.

Killed – Boy – Roderick Paige (Prichard, AL)

Roderick Paige

PRICHARD, Alabama – Police have identified the 4-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed himself Easter Sunday at a home on South Fairport Drive in Gulf Village. Prichard police spokesman Robert Buchanan on Monday identified the victim as Roderick Paige, of Plaza Court in Mobile.

Buchanan said the toddler’s death was reported to police by the emergency room staff at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital where the child was taken and pronounced dead due to a gunshot wound to the chest. The time of the shooting has not been confirmed, he said, but the child’s parents were being questioned by Prichard police on Monday morning. The police report was filed at 3:36 p.m. Sunday, Buchanan said.

Killed – Sherell Baker (Philadelphia, PA)


A Kensington man who claimed he accidentally shot his girlfriend Saturday night when he pulled a gun on a neighbor during a fight has been charged with murder.

Kuldio Singh, 28, of East Seltzer Street near A, was arrested after the 7:49 p.m. incident, police spokeswoman Officer Christine O’Brien said. He told police he was arguing with a neighbor and pulled a gun; his girlfriend Sherell Baker, 26, of the same address, intervened to calm the men down, but instead, she caught a bullet in the upper chest, O’Brien said. She died at Episcopal Hospital a half hour later.

The neighbor fled; it was unclear if he was armed.

Killed – Man (Indianapolis, IN)


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A man was killed on the city’s east side Saturday afternoon when the gun he was cleaning accidentally discharged.

Police were called to Curry Road shortly after 3:30 p.m. This is in the area of 30th Street and North German Church Road.

A man was cleaning his gun when the weapon accidentally discharged, hitting him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim’s name has not been released.

Killed – Francisco Pacheco-Lozania (Seligman, AZ)


SELIGMAN, AZ – Authorities say a 12-year-old appears to have shot his father accidentally while on a hunting trip in Seligman.

Yavapai County sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says 31-year-old Francisco Pacheco-Lozania died Friday after being airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center.

He says the Verde Valley man and his son had been riding in the back of a pickup truck when it stopped, and the boy took aim at a prairie dog.

D’Evelyn says Pacheco-Lozania stood in front of his son just as the boy fired his rifle and was struck in the head.

Deputies initially have labeled the shooting accidental.

He was declared dead at Flagstaff Medical Center later that day, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

The boy spotted a prairie dog at about 1 p.m. and just as he took aim, his father moved in front of him and was shot. The woman got her husband into the truck’s passenger compartment and drove him to meet medics in Seligman.

On March 29, 2013, around 1 PM, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a motel on Route 66 in Seligman where EMS personnel were treating a gunshot wound victim. The man was identified as 31-year-old Francisco Pacheco-Lozania from the Verde Valley. He was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center and later died the same day resulting from a gunshot wound to the head.

Killed – Male Teen – Himyar Hassan (Germantown, TN)

Himyar Hassan

(WMC-TV) – There are no classes Friday at Germantown High School because of the Easter holiday, but many students are waking up to news that they lost another classmate.

The victim has been identified as 16-year-old Himyar Hassan. He was a junior at Germantown High junior.

Police were called out to a house on the 8200 block of Tulip Rose Drive around 10 p.m. Thursday.

When officers arrived, they found Hassan with one gunshot wound to the chest. He died on the scene.

Investigators believe the teen was handling a loaded weapon and accidentally shot himself in the chest. It has not yet been determined where Hassan got the gun.

Killed – Girl – Joan Plumb (Pinal County, AZ)

Joan Plumb

CASA GRANDE, AZ – Authorities have released the name of a young girl who died after she was accidentally shot by another child in her home Thursday night.

She has been identified as 11-year-old Joan Plumb.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tamra Ingersoll said the shooting happened around 8 p.m. in the home near Gila Bend Highway and Thornton Road.

Ingersoll said there were three other children in the home along with the victim’s father. At the home were Joan’s 15-year-old brother, a female friend of Joan’s and a male neighborhood friend. The children ranged in age from 8 to 15 years old. Joan’s oldest sibling and mother were out of the house at the time of the shooting.

The children were in the family room of the home when the shooting occurred, Ingersoll said.


Killed – Melvin Hayes (New Haven, CT)

Melvin Hayes

NEW HAVEN — A 20-year-old man accidentally shot and killed himself, police said.

Officers responded just before 3:30 p.m. Monday to a third-floor apartment on Ferry Street to investigate a person shot.

Melvin Hayes suffered a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, police spokesman Officer David Hartman said in a statement. Hayes was pronounced dead at the scene.

The gun lay at his feet, Hartman said.

Killed – Boy – Christopher Stanlane Jr. (Lumberton, NC)

Christopher Stanlane Jr.

A Fairmont boy was accidentally shot to death Sunday when the shotgun his father was cleaning discharged, authorities said.

Christopher Stanlane Jr., 10, of the 800 block of Gaddy Road, was pronounced dead at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, said Capt. Anthony Thompson of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

The accident happened about 4:10 p.m. at the boy’s home, Thompson said.

Christopher Stanlane Sr., 34, was cleaning his 12-gauge shotgun while sitting on the couch in the family’s home, Thompson said.

Stanlane had the butt of the gun sitting on the floor, Thompson said.

The younger Stanlane was sitting on the floor, watching television, in front of his father, Thompson said.

“He (Stanlane Sr.) said he was wiping the side of the gun down and the gun went off and shot the son in the head,” Thompson said.

Stanlane’s wife was in another room and called 911, Thompson said.

No charges have been filed and the investigation is continuing.

Killed – Male Teen – Tyshaun McClurge (Calumet City, IL)

Tyshaun McClurge

CALUMET CITY | A 17-year-old boy died from a gunshot wound Saturday night in Calumet City, police said.

Tyshaun McClurge, of South Holland, was at a friend’s apartment at about 9 p.m. at 77 Oglesby Ave, when the shooting happened, said Dan Zorzi, Calumet City assistant chief. Police did not release information about the specific nature of McClurge’s injuries.

A south suburban teenager accidentally shot himself dead Saturday night, an autopsy has found.

Police responded at 9:03 p.m. Saturday to a call of a person shot in the 0-100 block of Oglesby Avenue in Calumet City and found the teenager shot in the bedroom of an apartment, according to Calumet City police.

Tyshaun McClurge of the 17300 block of Wausau in South Holland was declared dead at 9:15 p.m. at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Killed – Michael Bradly Rawlins (Frenchtown, MI)


MONROE, MICHIGAN — The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a 30 year old man died after being shot in the head early Saturday evening.

Monroe County dispatch received a 911 call at 5:45 pm to a home on the 6300 block of N. Monroe Street in Frenchtown Township.

The sheriff’s office says 30 year old Michael Bradly Rawlins was found in the kitchen of the house. Rawlins was taken to South Shore Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Investigators discovered a 39 year old man from Monroe accidentally fired the gun striking Rawlins.

Killed – Boy – Christian Velez (Lake Nona, FL)


Orlando police have identified the 12-year-old killed by his older brother in an accidental shooting last week as Christian Velez.

The 16-year-old shooter will not face charges in his little brother’s death, police spokesman, Jim Young, said after the incident Friday.

The boy told police he shot Christian because he thought his brother was an intruder trying to break into his family’s Lake Nona home, Young said.

Their parents were not home at the time and could still face charges in the death of their young son.

The shooting took place on the 9900 block of Portofino Drive in the gated Nonacrest subdivision at about 2:20 p.m. Friday.

Christian, a student at Lake Nona Middle School, was transported to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children where he was pronounced dead within hours.

Killed – Cordaryas JaMond Moody (Memphis, TN)


(Memphis) Police say a 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in a house on Cassie.

Police say nine people were inside the Frayser house when this shooting took place, some of them children as young as five years old.

Some of the witnesses were taken from the house to give police formal statements but sources tell News Channel 3, so far, they claim the shooting was accidental.

They say the two teens were playing with a gun in the kitchen when it went off.

The 17-year-old was taken to The MED where he was pronounced dead.

The 19-year-old suspect ran from the house and hasn’t been seen since.

Police say he shot a 17-year-old boy at a home on Cassie Avenue Friday afternoon.

Officers were called to the 2100-block of Cassie Ave around 12:45 p.m. on Friday, March 22. When they arrived on the scene, they found the victim with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was transported to The MED, where he died a short time later.

Killed – Christopher Ryan Benson (Goochland County, VA)

Christopher Ryan Benson

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – A Goochland man fatally shot himself at a party Thursday night, according to the Goochland Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to the 2300 block of Camelback Road after a witness called to report a shooting Thursday night.

Deputies said 20-year-old Christopher Ryan Benson suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and later died at the hospital.

David Cash Raymond, 20, of New Line Road in Gum Spring was arrested for Reckless Handling of a Firearm.  Raymond was released and will face a preliminary hearing on Monday April 1 at 8:45 a.m. in Goochland General District Court.

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, VA-(WTVR) News of an Army specialist’s death is still hitting the Goochland community hard.

Sheriff Agnew says the man who owned the gun told friends that the gun wasn’t loaded. He also pointed the gun at his own head a few times and pulled the trigger and nothing happened, said the Sheriff.

When Benson took the gun and tried the same thing, the outcome was tragically different.

Police are calling this an accidental shooting.

Killed – Ashley Walters (Denton, TX)

Ashley Walters

A Denton man remained in custody Sunday after authorities say a handgun went off during a struggle with another man last week, fatally wounding his girlfriend who had been standing nearby, Denton police said.

The woman has been identified as Ashley Walters, 21, of Corinth who died at a Denton hospital on Thursday. She suffered a gunshot wound to her face and neck. Her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office website on Sunday.

The suspect is Whiskey Dalton Welcome Williams, 20, who was in the Denton County Jail on Sunday in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to jail records.

Williams was arrested shortly after the Wednesday afternoon shooting at a Denton residence and he was booked into jail on a charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, authorities said. At that time, Walters was rushed to the Denton hospital in critical condition.

Denton police say they responded to a call about two men fighting and a gunshot shortly after 4:30 pm.

Officer Ryan Grelle, spokesman for the Denton department, said police responded to the incident at 4:40 p.m. March 20.

A Texan man accidentally shot his girlfriend in the face and killed her after his gun went off while fighting another man last week, according to police.


Killed – Darren J. Cooper (Cookeville, TN)

Darren J. Cooper

Police are investigating after a man was found shot dead in his yard in Cookeville on Tuesday.

According to the Herald-Citizen, 53-year-old Darren J. Cooper was found lying in the yard at about 6 p.m. according to Cookeville police.

The Herald-Citizen reports that police believe the shooting was accidental, as it appears that Cooper took a hunting rifle from his vehicle and it accidentally fired.

Killed – Male Teen – Raymond Berryman (Phoenix, AZ)

Raymond Berryman2

A 17-year-old was shot and killed Tuesday after he and his friends burglarized a neighbor’s home in Tolleson, according to Phoenix police.

The fatal shot was delivered from the homeowner’s gun, but it wasn’t the homeowner who shot the boy. Police say a 15-year-old girl who helped burglarize the neighbor’s house shot the boy with the gun they had just stolen from the man’s home.

Police say three teens broke into a home and stole several weapons. When they were going through the stolen items, a 15-year-old girl pulled out a gun. Thinking she unloaded the weapon, she pointed it at her friend and pulled the trigger.

TOLLESON, Ariz. — A 15-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her 17-year-old friend with a stolen gun, according to Phoenix police. It happened Tuesday afternoon at a home in a west Phoenix neighborhood near Lower Buckeye Road and 83rd Avenue.

Killed – Damon Robinson (Pike County, IN)


An 18-year-old man is dead after accidentally shooting himself in the face while cleaning his gun.

It happened just after midnight at a home near Glezen in Pike County.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Office says a caller notified them, and they say Damon Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Damon Robinson, 18, of Pike County was accidentally killed on Monday while cleaning a gun. Robinson was pronounced dead on the scene by the Pike County Coroners office after being shot in the face.

Pike County Central Dispatch took the call at 12:18 a.m. from a residence near the Glezen area of Pike County. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police are conducting an investigation into the shooting and an autopsy has been scheduled.

Killed – Aaron Michael Garcia (Waxahachie, TX)

Aaron Michael Garcia1

A Waxahachie man was arrested this morning after a deadly shooting at a motel party the night before, police say.

Andrew Riley Kindred, 21, faces a murder charge in the death of 22-year-old Aaron Michael Garcia. He was arrested about 7 a.m. in Gun Barrel City, nearly 50 miles from the motel.

About 11:30 p.m., Waxahachie officers responded to a call that someone had been shot at a motel along South Interstate 35. The officers found Garcia dead in the room. Up to 15 other people were also in the room, and police believe there was a party going on there.

WAXAHACHIE (March 15, 2013)—Andrew Riley Kindred, 21, was arrested Friday morning about in Gun Barrel City after a man was killed when a gun discharged Thursday night during a party in a room at a motel in Waxahachie.

Killed – Baby – Adam Bass (Nashville, TN)


A 10-month-old baby was shot and killed by his father inside a Tennessee hotel room on Thursday, NewsChannel5 reported.

According to The Tennessean, police officers received the call about 6:42 p.m.,and arrived at the Extended Stay America motel in Donelson three minutes later.

Once on scene, officers found the victim, Adam Bass, with a gunshot wound to his chest. Despite attempts to revive the baby, he was pronounced dead at the scene, Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said.

Police said the preliminary investigation showed that Adam’s father, Larry Bass, 30, was handling his semi-automatic pistol inside the motel room when the gun unintentionally discharged.

Bass’ wife, Jacquelin Bass, 28, and two other sons, ages 2 and 3, were also in the room during the incident, but no one else was injured.

Killed – Isaiah J. Stevenson (Galesburg, IL)

Isaiah J. Stevenson

A teen is dead in Galesburg, Ill., after police say he was shot, early Thursday morning, March 14, 2013.

Galesburg Police say officers responded to the 400 block of Olive Street, just before 2:00 a.m.

When they arrived, they found the victim, 18-year-old Isaiah J. Stevenson from Galesburg, in the basement with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Stevenson was taken to Galesburg Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police arrested 20-year-old Cody J Delacruz on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Delacruz is being held at the Knox County Law Enforcement Center, awaiting his initial court appearance.

Update: Police say the two were at a small party in the home with a group of people involved in underage drinking.

“There was gun play and the gun went off. Tragically, a person lost their life,” said Captain Rod Riggs of the Galesburg Police Department.

Delacruz holds the permit for the gun and police say he brought it out to show it off. Police say the shooting was an accident, but you should never mix guns with alcohol.

Killed – Amanda R. Encinas (Mesa, AZ)


A man prohibited from possessing a gun was arrested by Mesa police and accused of manslaughter after he accidentally shot and killed his 18-year-old girlfriend.

Matthew Walsh, 23, purchased the .38 caliber handgun in a casino parking lot and was showing the gun to his girlfriend on March 13 when he accidentally shot her in the hip, according to a court document.

The report said that the victim, identified by police as Amanda R. Encinas, was fatally injured when the bullet struck an artery. She was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn, where she was pronounced dead.

Walsh, who was arrested by police on Thursday at a Maricopa County jail, admitted to pulling the trigger but said he thought the gun was not loaded, the court document said.

The document said police accused Walsh of manslaughter, misconduct involving weapons and unlawful discharge of firearms.

“He said he attended gun-safety classes as a youth and does not know why he pulled the trigger while the gun was pointed in his girlfriend’s direction. He said he knows he should not have pulled the trigger,’’ the report said.

The document said the shooting occurred at about 3 p.m. in Encinas’ bedroom in an apartment in the 800 block of East Brown Road, where Walsh had lived with Encinas and her mother for two months.

23-year-old Matthew Walsh, of Mesa, Arizona bought a .38-caliber handgun. Because he was on probation for possession of drug paraphernalia and forgery he was not allowed to possess firearms, so he bought the handgun through a private sale where there would be no background check. He met the seller in a casino parking lot.
Three days later he was showing his girlfriend, 18-year-old Amanda Encinas, the gun when he unintentionally discharged the weapon.
The bullet struck Amanda in the hip, hitting her artery. She was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Walsh admitted pulling the trigger but said he thought the gun was unloaded. According to the police report, “He said he attended gun-safety classes as a youth and does not know why he pulled the trigger while the gun was pointed in his girlfriend’s direction. He said he knows he should not have pulled the trigger.”
Walsh was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Killed – Daniel J. Harris (Washington County, NY)


Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy is asking for a review of the county’s “stand back” policy for emergency responders who go to the scene of an incident involving a weapon, after a situation in which ambulance response was delayed to a man who accidentally shot himself.

The shooting victim, 58-year-old Daniel J. Harris, died after shooting himself in the chest when he slipped while walking on ice with a loaded shotgun. The shooting happened on Tuesday last week on Liddle Harris Road.

Killed – Robert Iselin Jr. (Greenwood County, SC)

Robert Iselin Jr.

A hunter was mistakenly shot dead by his friend who confused him with a wild boar, police have said.

Robert Iselin Jr., 51, was gunned down by 25-year-old Lucas Brickweg during a hunting trip in Greenwood County, S.C., at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

Iselin, from Jacksonville, Fla., had separated from his group after going into the wooded area near the town of Ninety Six.

Brickweg, some distance away, was climbing into a hunting stand when he heard some rustling.

Firing a single shot, he thought he’d taken out a wild boar.

Killed – McKaylee Higgs (Terrace Heights, WA)

McKaylee Higgs

YAKIMA, Wash. — Prosecutors will have to decide what charges, if any, a Terrace Heights man will face in the shooting of his pregnant wife last week, a spokesman for the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

In releasing the names of the couple for the first time, Chief of Detectives Stew Graham said investigators have uncovered no evidence of criminal intent in the shooting that left 27-year-old McKaylee Higgs in critical condition at a local hospital.

Investigators said Higgs’ husband, 25-year-old Cory Lindblom, apparently mistook his wife for an intruder and shot her early Friday in the bedroom of their duplex on Nola Loop.

Initial reports said Higgs, reported to be eight weeks pregnant, was shot twice. A medical examination has since determined she had been shot once. Authorities have not specified the location of the injury, but initial reports suggested a neck wound.

TERRACE HEIGHTS, Wash.– It’s an already sad story that only got worse. A Terrace Heights woman never recovered after being shot by her husband. McKaylee Higgs was pregnant when she was shot in her own bedroom. Her husband told deputies it was a terrible accident.

After five days in critical condition, 27-year-old McKaylee Higgs died along with her unborn baby.

TERRACE HEIGHTS, Wash. – Yakima County deputies are investigating after they say a man in his 20′s accidentally shot his wife around 6 AM Friday on the 4200 block of Nola Loop Road in Terrace Heights.

Deputies say the husband believed his wife was an intruder so he shot her.–198004541.html

Killed – Male Teen – Brandon Kuiper (Tallmadge, MI)

Brandon Kuiper

Brandon Kuiper, the 16-year-old boy who was shot in the face after a Russian roulette shooting, died Friday afternoon, law enforcement officials reported.

Richard Mack Usher, 18, was charged in connection with the shooting which occurred in Tallmadge Township. Usher is a Tallmadge Township resident, as is the victim.

Emergency responders were called to 3900 block of Leonard Street in Tallmadge Township at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a male being shot in the head, said Ottawa County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Bennett, caused by what he called “horseplay with a firearm.”

Police recovered a .22-caliber revolver at the house. Bennett said the gun is owned by Usher’s grandfather. Beer, liquor and marijuana also were found in the basement.

Killed – Robert Stark Hickey (Templeton, CA)

Robert Stark Hickey

UPDATE: 2:52 p.m.: As authorities continue to gather evidence from the scene of a
shooting in rural Templeton that occurred Wednesday night, they are not ready to disclose additional information surrounding the so-called accidental death of Robert Stark Hickey, 48.

While few details have been released, it now appears that only Hickey was involved in the shooting, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said Friday.

The incident was reported just after 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hickey’s home, 2855 Cloudy Meadow Road in Hidden Valley Ranch.

The shooting death of Robert Stark Hickey last week in rural Templeton was caused by the accidental discharge of a rifle, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.Hickey’s rifle went off as he placed it in a ranch utility vehicle, striking him in the body, said a sheriff’s spokesman.

Killed – Genaro Hernandez Mendoza (Polk County, OR)


Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded Sunday morning to the report of a gunshot victim in a vehicle on farmland north of 5605 Halls Ferry Road outside of Independence.

Initial information indicated the victim was unconscious. However when deputies arrived, they found the male deceased with indications that death had occurred hours earlier.

The victim, identified as 19 year old Genaro Hernandez Mendoza of West Salem, died of a gunshot wound while driving a farm truck through the fields belonging to the farm.

Investigators determined that Hernandez Mendoza and the farm truck were connected to an overnight burglary and theft at 1010 Independence Hwy, discovered earlier that morning. Among other items, several firearms were stolen from the residence at that location.

It was determined that Hernandez Mendoza had entered the house on Independence Hwy and stolen several items. He then left the scene on foot to hide the stolen property before returning in a stolen farm truck. He entered the home a second time, taking more items including a rifle and shotgun. The evidence showed that while Hernandez Mendoza was driving away from the scene, a weapon in the truck discharged, wounding him fatally.

Killed – Michael Richard Leland Easter (Liberty, MI)

Michael Richard Leland Easter

LIBERTY TWP., MI – The Michigan State Police are completing their investigation of a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s 3-year-old son who accidentally shot and killed himself Saturday, March 2.

About 5:30 p.m., Deputy Mark Easter was on his way to work when the report of the shooting came in, Michigan State Police Jackson Post Cmdr. F/Lt. Michael Krumm said.

Krumm said detectives with the department have been interviewing witnesses and those involved, and gathered evidence from the home in the 7000 block of S. Jackson Road in Liberty Township.

With the information gathered so far by detectives working on the case, the incident is being ruled as an accidental shooting, Krumm said.


Killed – Heath Bumgarner (Markle, IN)

Heath Bumgarner

WELLS COUNTY, Ind. ( — A teenager has been pronounced dead after what police are saying was a gun-cleaning accident.

Heath Bumgarner, 18, from Uniondale died at Lutheran Hospital Sunday after an incident involving a handgun Saturday.

According to the Indiana State Police, Bumgarner and his friend, 19, were cleaning guns at a home near Markle. As the 19-year-old was cleaning a handgun, it fired a .45-caliber bullet. The bullet hit Bumgarner in the head.

Bumgarner was taken to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery but the injuries were too severe and he passed away Sunday evening.

According to the Indiana State Police, at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Saturday Bumgarner and a19-year-old friend were at a residence in the 3200 block of West County Road 600 N, just outside of Markle in Wells County,

Killed – Patrick Allen Richards (Waldorf, MD)


WALDORF, Md. — Authorities in Maryland say a man is dead after his gun apparently accidentally discharged at a shooting range, killing him.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office says officers were called Saturday at 9:23 a.m. to The St. Charles Sportsman’s Club in Waldorf for the report of a shooting. The Sheriff’s Office says officers found 61-year-old Patrick Allen Richards of Hughesville suffering from a gunshot wound, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office says an investigation found that Richards was at the range to fire his own gun. While at the range, his gun apparently discharged, striking him once in the upper body.

The Sheriff’s office says there were no signs of foul play and the shooting is being investigated as an accident.

Killed – Toni Voss (Adams, WI)


The Adams County Sheriff’s Department says an Adams man shot his girlfriend around  2 a.m. Saturday on the 100 block of N. Elm Street.

Officials say 28-year-old Coleman Dybul was asleep and startled by his girlfriend. They say he then shot his girlfriend with a shotgun, killing her.

The Adams County Medical Examiner pronounced his girlfriend, 27-year-old Toni Voss, dead at the scene.

Authorities say they arrested Coleman for first degree reckless homicide and he is now in custody.

Officials say a young child was also in the home at the time of the shooting, but the child was unharmed and is now staying with relatives.

Killed – Boy – Jaiden Pratt (Houston, TX)


A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself with his father’s gun in north Houston early Sunday morning.

Jaiden Pratt was spending the weekend with his father, 21-year-old Marquiez Pratt, in the 13500 block of Northborough, just south of West Rankin, when the accident occurred, said Sgt. Brian Harris with the Houston Police Department’s homicide department.

Father and son had been sleeping on the couch. The young boy woke up and picked up his father’s handgun lying nearby, shooting himself in the stomach, police said. Neighbors heard the shot.

About 8:15 a.m., Houston Police Department patrol officers and an ambulance responded to the call.

The father, wearing just a T-shirt and boxer shorts, ran out of his second-story apartment, holding his son’s body, screaming and yelling at neighbors for help. Upon arrival, EMTs took Jaiden from his father’s arms and tried to revive the boy. He was declared dead at the scene.

Killed – Macarthur Smith (Hallandale Beach, FL)


A man accused of causing the death of another man during a shooting incident in Hallandale Beach turned himself in on Tuesday and is now facing a murder charge even though he did not pull the trigger.

Frantzy Etienne, 29, showed up to the Hallandale Beach Police Department on Tuesday with his attorney after he learned that investigators had obtained a warrant for his arrest, said agency spokeswoman Capt. Sonia Quinones.

Etienne is charged in connection to this weekend’s shooting-death of Macarthur Smith, 26, of Hallandale Beach. Etienne allegedly entered a house on the 300 block of Northwest 5th Avenue about 3 a.m. on Sunday armed with a six-foot wooden stick, police said.

Once inside, Etienne got involved in a struggle with three individuals. One of the men fired his weapon in self-defense and inadvertently struck Smith in the upper torso, killing him. A woman was also shot on the forearm during the incident, but was not seriously hurt.

Killed – Male Teen (Winnemucca, NV)


Officers from the Winnemucca Police Department and Humboldt General Hospital Emergency Medical Service were dispatched to a McCoy St. residence on Saturday (February 23) around 7:30 pm,  for a report of an accidental shooting.

First responders found a 15 year old teenage boy with a single gunshot wound to the right hip/abdominal area. The young man was transported to HjGH for medical treatment. He was rushed into surgery in critical condition before being transported by Care Flight to Renown Hospital in Reno. The young man died en route.

Preliminary information on scene established three teenage boys had been handling fire arms when one of the firearms was accidentally discharged striking the teenage victim at a short distance.

Killed – Andre Broadie (Pittsburgh, PA)

Andre Broadie

PITTSBURGH —A man is dead after police say he was shot by a friend who thought the victim had broken into his home in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood.

Killed – Kyle Thacker (Somerset, KY)

Kyle Thacker

Two brothers from Somerset died Saturday morning when one accidentally shot his brother, then in grief turned the gun on himself.

Kyle Thacker and Kody Thacker had spent the night with friends at a home on Slate Branch Spur in the Slate Branch community of Pulaski County, according to a news release from the Pulaski County sheriff’s office.

Kyle Thacker, 24, was asleep in a recliner in the living room and Kody Thacker, 19, was on a couch nearby. Kody Thacker picked up a 12-gauge shotgun, which accidentally went off and hit Kyle Thacker in the head, according to the release.

When Kody Thacker realized he had shot his brother, he became distraught and shot himself, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies were called at 9:47 a.m., and both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

“This incident appears to be a horrible family tragedy, and no foul play is suspected,” the news release stated.

Dead – Kody Thacker (Somerset, KY)

Kody Thacker

Two brothers from Somerset died Saturday morning when one accidentally shot his brother, then in grief turned the gun on himself.

Kyle Thacker and Kody Thacker had spent the night with friends at a home on Slate Branch Spur in the Slate Branch community of Pulaski County, according to a news release from the Pulaski County sheriff’s office.

Kyle Thacker, 24, was asleep in a recliner in the living room and Kody Thacker, 19, was on a couch nearby. Kody Thacker picked up a 12-gauge shotgun, which accidentally went off and hit Kyle Thacker in the head, according to the release.

When Kody Thacker realized he had shot his brother, he became distraught and shot himself, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies were called at 9:47 a.m., and both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

“This incident appears to be a horrible family tragedy, and no foul play is suspected,” the news release stated.


Killed – John O’Brien (Garland, TX)

John O'Brien

A Garland toddler was fatally shot in his home Wednesday night in what police are calling a tragic accident.

Officers were called about 6 p.m. to the 4700 block of Maritime Cove, near President George Bush Turnpike and Interstate 30.

There they found 3-year-old John O’Brien shot. He was taken to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, where he later died from his injuries.

Initial reports indicated John had been shot in the head with a handgun.

Police said the shooting remains under investigation but appeared to be accidental. They would not say who shot the boy.

According to a search warrant affidavit, John O’Brien found the loaded pistol at his parents’ home on Wednesday and somehow fired it at his head.

Police are investigating whether anyone in the home was negligent and made the weapon accessible to the child.

No charges have been filed in the case.

“It’s just one of these things that is just so sad for the family and the people to have to respond,” police spokesman Officer Joe Harn said. “It’s not normal to see a small child die.”

Wounded – Girl (Spring Creek, NV)


SPRING CREEK — Emergency personnel transported a 4-year-old girl to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after she was shot in the leg by a family member, said Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitts.

The girl, whose name was not released, is expected to survive, Pitts said.

Deputies believe that a family member, who they also did not name, was putting a gun away or taking it out of its hard case when it discharged at the home on Blackstone Drive in Spring Creek.

Wounded – Baby (Valdosta, GA)


LOWNDES CO., Ga. –A member of the Air Force is facing charges after a 14-month-old child was shot, according to Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.

The incident happened Tuesday, February 20, at the Northwind Apartments on Northwind Boulevard. That afternoon,  a resident called the sheriff’s office and said a baby inside the apartments was hurt.

Deputies and emergency officials responded around 3:30 p.m. As deputies and investigators examined the scene and interviewed witnesses, they learned that another resident in the complex, Justin Scott Hamilton, may be responsible for the child’s injury.

Deputies say that Hamilton, 28,  was inside his apartment with his handgun, a semi-automatic .40 caliber weapon. He reportedly pulled the trigger, thinking it wasn’t loaded. The firearm discharged, and the bullet went through the apartment, crossed a breezeway, and entered the baby’s apartment.

The child was struck in the hand by the stray bullet, according to investigators. The mother of the child immediately exited the apartment and took the child to the hospital.

Killed – Krystal Caruso (Royal Palm Beach, FL)

Krystal Caruso

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. —A woman in her early 20s accidentally shot and killed herself Wednesday.

Deputies were called to a home at 123 Swan Parkway West in Royal Palm Beach shortly after 10 a.m. and found Krystal Caruso, 23, dead from one gunshot wound to the head.

She lived at the home with friends, one of whom said Caruso had a concealed-weapons permit and often played with her 9-mm handgun, WPBF 25 News’ Terri Parker reported.

Coombs said her 16-year-old brother watched Caruso, a graduate of Royal Palm Beach High School, spin the gun in her hand and point it at her head. The loaded gun fired and killed her, Parker reported.

“I want to wake her up back from the dead just to punch her in the face and go, ‘Why were you being so stupid?’” Coombs said.

Killed – Alexander Centenco (Stockton, CA)

Alexander Centenco

STOCKTON (CBS13) – A 21-year-old man became Stockton’s second homicide victim of 2013 and his friend has been charged in his death, police said Tuesday.

The shooting happened late Monday night at a duplex in the 5400 block of Holiday Drive. Police were called to the Kaiser Permanente building at 7300 N. West Lane shortly before midnight after friends tried to take the victim there and found out it was closed.

Alexander Centenco of Stockton was transported to a local hospital but was pronounced dead there.

Alexander Centeno, identified by the San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office as the victim and who turned 21 on Jan. 16, was shot inside his duplex residence in the 5400 block of Holiday Drive about 11:50 p.m. Monday, police reported.