Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Toddler (Indianapolis, IN)


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A 3-year-old boy has died after he apparently shot himself in the head. Detectives believe the boy shot himself after pulling the gun off a kitchen counter. It happened Saturday evening around 6 p.m. at a home on East 68th Street near Kingsley Drive.

The boy was transported to Riley Hospital for Child at IU Health where he died as a result of his injuries. The boy’s parents and 4-year-old sister were also home at the time. According to Indianapolis Metropolitan police, a 911 caller said “a gun went off and struck a child.”

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, 12/07/13: RTV 6 reports that a 3 year old is dead after being shot in the head yesterday evening at his family’s home on the 1800 block of East 68th Street. Police responded to the scene after 6 p.m. where they found the boy inside the home suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The child was then rushed to Riley Hospital for Children in critical condition and later died of his injuries. Investigators have indicated that they believe the child accidentally shot himself in the head after he pulled the gun off a kitchen counter. A neighbor to the family said “I’ve known they had guns; they’ve carried them in public on their side, they’ve got permits for them and I just thought they always were a little bit more responsible than that.”

The parents of a 3-year-old boy who fatally shot himself in December were arrested Friday on charges of neglect of a dependent. The father faces an additional felony charge of neglect of a dependent causing death.

Warrants were issued Thursday for Nicholas Gulling, 27, and Sandra Tomich, 35 according to a release from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Both Gulling and Tomich were being held Friday in the Marion County Jail, Gulling on $20,000 bond and Tomich on $1,000 bond.

Initially after the Dec. 7 incident in the 1800 block of 68th Street, where the boy pulled a loaded gun from a kitchen counter and shot himself in the head, investigators were preliminarily classifying it as an accident.

Gulling and Tomich, and a 4-year-old sister of the boy were home at the time of the shooting.

After the shooting, the child was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in critical condition. He died hours later.–I-can-do-anything-I-want-on-my-property-he-screamed-and-fired-three-more-rounds-GunFAIL-XLVIII–234955201.html

Killed – Timothy Bruce (Adams, PA)


The Cambria County hunter who was fatally shot in Adams on Saturday afternoon was accidentally shot and killed by another member of his hunting party, according to the Cambria County coroner.

Timothy Bruce, 42, of Ashville, Pa. outside Altoona, was shot just after 3:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:41 p.m., said Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski. The manner of death has been ruled accidental.

EBENSBURG – A Windber man pleaded guilty to a violation of the Pennsylvania Game Commission laws Thursday, the result of a hunting accident that claimed the life a friend more than a year ago.
Matthew Scott Nadolsky, 29, of the 900 block of Peaceful Valley Road, Windber, entered a plea to a charge of shooting at, or causing injury to human beings and will be sentenced in January.
Nadolsky was charged by the game commission in February, more than two months after the shooting death of Timothy E. Bruce, 42, of Ashville.

The two were in a party of about a dozen men hunting deer in the Seesetown Road area of Adams Township between Sidman and Dunlo.

Adams Township police Chief Kirk Moss, part of the initial investigation team, said Thursday the death of Bruce was an unfortunate accident and no criminal intent could be found.
“It truly was an unfortunate accident,” Moss said following the court proceeding.

The initial ruling was that there was no criminal wrongdoing, said Moss, but the game commission came up with a different finding when it took over the investigation.

Moss said the hunters were driving for deer, something usually done in a straight line, with hunters waiting to shoot as the animals move through the woods.

The line moved into a semicircle through a heavily wooded area, and when the deer appeared, Nadolsky started shooting, firing two shots at the deer with a .270-caliber rifle.

Bruce, about 180 feet from Nadolsky, was struck in the abdomen with one of the shots, according to the investigation, and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cambria County Coroner’s Office.

Killed – Joseph H. Stevens Jr. (Loranger, LA)

Joseph H. Stevens Jr.

A 33-year-old Loranger man was fatally shot in what appears to be a hunting accident that occurred Friday near Highway 1062 in Loranger.

Joseph H. Stevens Jr.’s body has been turned over to the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office, authorities said.

Stevens and Stacey M. Trapp, 37, also of Loranger, hunted on property near 55202 Highway 1062 and decided to head back to their vehicles around 2:30 p.m.

Trapp told law enforcers they searched for an easier crossing point after coming across a net wire fence.

Trapp decided to crawl under some bushes with his .270 caliber bolt-action rifle slung around his right shoulder. His rifle went off as he squatted down, Trapp said, and a bullet struck Stevens.
Trapp called 911 for help.

“Investigators believe that Stevens was killed instantly and do not suspect foul play at this time,” Wildlife and Fisheries stated in a statement issued Saturday.

Killed – Jacob Karamol (Lyons, OH)

Jacob Karamol

LYONS, Ohio — An Oregon man has been identified as the victim of a shooting that occurred during a hunting outing last week in Fulton County’s Royalton Township.

Jacob Karamol, 21, was shot once in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, according to John Windau, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Mr. Karamol and another man were hunting together near State Rt. 109 and County Road N when Mr. Karamol approached his companion, who was in a tree and lowering his gun to the ground. While being lowered, the gun fired three times, with one slug hitting Mr. Karamol, Mr. Windau said.

An investigation revealed the hunter in the tree stand had tied a strap to the firearm’s trigger guard, rather than unload it and use the safety catch, Mr. Windau said. At some point, the strap engaged the trigger, causing the gun to fire, he said.

The second hunter remained unidentified Monday pending the investigation’s completion. The Fulton County Prosecutor’s Office said no charges had been filed.

LYONS, Ohio — Authorities today identified Jacob Karamol of Oregon as the man who died of a gunshot Dec. 3 in a deer hunting incident in Fulton County’s Royalton Township.

The incident near State Rt. 109 and County Road N. was reported by a 911 caller at 1:52 p.m., Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller said in a statement.

Killed – Gary Pace (Coshocton County, OH)


WARREN — The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office says a hunter died after he apparently shot himself accidentally.

Authorities identified the man Tuesday as 63-year-old Gary Pace. Media reports said he was from Warren in Jefferson Township.

The sheriff’s office said in a news release that deputies and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources responded to the shooting about 10:30 a.m. Monday and found the hunter in his tree stand on his property. He was pronounced dead at the scene from an accidental gunshot wound.

Sheriff Tim Rogers told the Coshocton Tribune that Pace was alone and in the tree stand, about 20 feet off the ground. He told the newspaper that Pace had a single gunshot wound to the head from a handgun. He was discovered by a friend.

Killed – Justin Holt (Boca Raton, FL)

Justin Holt1

BOCA RATON, Fla. —Police are investigating after a Pompano Beach man was shot and killed at his friend’s Boca Raton apartment.

It happened shortly before 11 p.m. at the Gables of Town Place apartments on Town Lakes Drive.

Boca Raton police interviewed the other four people who were at the apartment at the time of the shooting, and they all provided the same account of events.

Madison Flint and her friend, Joshua Henry, were hanging out and called some other friends to come over to Flint’s apartment. Erin Steele, Justin Holt and another friend arrived a short time later.

Henry, who brought a handgun with him, showed them the gun and let them “dry fire” the pistol. He then re-loaded the gun and set it on the counter.

Later that evening, Steele picked up the gun from the counter, pointed it at Holt and fired, police said.

Holt was taken to Delray Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Boca Raton, FL – Investigators from the Boca Raton Police Services Department have charged two people in connection with the shooting death of Justin Holt.

On Sunday, December 1, 2013, just before 11:00 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Gables of Town Place Apartments, 21445 Town Lakes Drive. When officers arrived, they met with a group of people and a male who had been shot in the chest.

Detectives interviewed the four people who were present at the apartment when the shooting occurred. They all provided the same version of events. The resident, Madison Flint, and her friend, Joshua Henry, were hanging out and called some other friends to come over to Flint’s apartment. Erin Steele, Justin Holt, and another friend arrived at the apartment a short time later. Henry brought a handgun with him, was showing the group the gun and allowed members of the group to dry fire the pistol. Henry re-loaded the gun and set it on the counter. Later in the evening, Steele picked the gun up from the counter, pointed it at Holt and fired it. Holt was transported to Delray Medical Center where he died shortly thereafter. Steele smoked marijuana earlier in the evening and had a high level of THC in her system.

Both Steele and Henry have been charged with Manslaughter by Culpable Negligence.

One of two people charged in the December 2013 shooting death of a Pompano Beach in Boca Raton accepted a plea today that will put her on house arrest for a year along with another six years on probation.

Erin Steele, 21, pleaded guilty this morning to a charge of manslaughter by culpable negligence and received the plea as part of an agreement between her attorney, Christopher Haddad, and prosecutor Cheryl Caracuzzo.

Killed – Man (Duvall, WA)


A King County Sheriff’s deputy conducting a trailhead check in the Duvall area discovered a man dead with a gunshot wound to the chest Saturday night.

The deputy found the body next to his vehicle about 9:20 p.m. Saturday near the 17000 block of Duvall-Monroe Road. Deputy Charlie Akers said in a statement it appears the man accidentally shot himself as he was putting away his gear after a day of hunting.