Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Adam Hagan (Jackson Hole, WY)

Adam Hagan

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)

Kevin Brooks

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)

Michael A. Bisbee III

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)

Titania Mitchell

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)

Gavin Brummett

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)

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)

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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)

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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.