Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Bryan Scott Reno (Mooresboro, NC)

Bryan Scott Reno

CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. — A Cleveland County man was shot and killed by his 11-year-old step-daughter Friday in what the sheriff is calling a tragic accident.

Bryan Scott Reno, 19, died late Friday night while showing a gun he had just purchased to his step-daughter. The girl’s mother had gone to bed.

According to Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman, Reno had removed the clip from the .380 caliber handgun before handing it to his step-daughter, who was not named. The gun fired while the girl was holding it, hitting and killing Reno.

Sheriff Norman said at a press conference Saturday that the tragedy affects the whole community, especially the little girl.

To see how this can affect a child, said Norman, and you don’t know what adverse effect it’s going to have on that child later in life.

‘It’s a tragedy': Pamela placed the 911 call Friday night around 10:45 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene at 421 Lemmons Road shortly after receiving the call. “The stepfather had actually purchased a firearm yesterday from a friend,” said Norman. “He had taken the clip out of the firearm and was looking at the gun and showing the firearm to the stepdaughter. He handed the firearm to the daughter. We don’t know if the stepfather knew there was one (bullet) actually in the chamber.”

Killed – Premila Lal (Longmont, CO)

Premila Lal

A Colorado teen was shot and killed Friday evening after a prank on a friend went horribly wrong.

Police say that Premila Lal, 18, and a cousin planned to scare her 15-year-old brother and an older friend, Nerrek Galley, by making noise and jumping out of a closet. But when Galley thought there was an intruder wandering the house, he opened fire, fatally injuring Lal.

“They somehow entered the house and my son and Nerrek didn’t know it was them,” Lal’s father, Pravenn, told KDVR. “After she was shot, then Nerrek realized it was Premila.”

Galley, 21, rushed Lal to Longmont United Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

“We can characterize this young women’s death as unintended and extremely tragic,” Cmdr. Jeff Satur, Longmont police spokesman, told the Denver Post.

The incident happened Friday when Premila Lal and her 12-year-old cousin decided to play a joke on Nerrek Galley, a close family friend, according to Lal’s father. The Lal family had recently moved, and Galley had been keeping an eye on the recently vacated home.

Lal and her cousin snuck into the house just before 8 p.m. unbeknownst to Galley, who was playing video games with Premila’s 15-year-old brother, Pranil.

Galley and Pranil heard a noise and went to check it out, the brother told CNN affiliate KUSA on Sunday.

“We thought maybe there was an intruder in the house and maybe some people knew we moved, and they were coming to check if we got everything so we started clearing the house,” Pranil told KUSA.

Killed – Male Teen – Terence Holliday (Saginaw, MI)


Police have released the name of a teen killed in a Saginaw shooting incident on Friday, Sept. 6, as Terence Holliday.

Saginaw police officers were dispatched to a home on North Mason near Madison on Saginaw’s West Side at 3:50 p.m. that day. They found 14-year-old Holliday dead from a gunshot wound.

Michigan State Police are assisting with the investigation and Michigan State Police Lt. Brian Cole said the initial call was to respond to an accidental shooting.

Killed – Boy – Jeremy Hatfield (Carlsbad, NM)

Jeremy Hatfield

CARLSBAD — A Carlsbad boy is accused of fatally shooting his cousin late Wednesday night. Carlsbad police said Michael Schultz, 15, shot Jeremy Hatfield, 12, around 9 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 400 block of North Olive Street.

Schultz reportedly told officers responding to a call around 9 p.m. Wednesday that his cousin, also known as Jeremy Romero Martinez, had been the victim of a drive-by shooting. Officers found Hatfield with his sister, Destiny Romero, on the front yard of their Olive Street home, suffering from a gun shot wound to his abdomen, according to a news release from the Carlsbad Police Department.

Hatfield was transported to Carlsbad Medical Center and pronounced dead at 10:32 p.m. from his wound.

A later statement from police by Schultz reportedly revealed that he and Hatfield had been talking outside when he pointed what he believed to be an unloaded gun at the boy and fired.

Schultz reportedly said that Hatfield was in possession of a toy gun during the incident.

Family members indicated to police investigators that Schultz and his cousin were close friends and no animosity existed between the two.

Schultz has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, unlawful possession of a handgun and tampering with evidence. He is being held at the Eddy County Juvenile Detention Center.

CARSLBAD >> A 16-year-old Carlsbad boy was ordered Friday to spend two years on supervised probation for the September shooting death of his cousin, 12-year-old Jeremy Hatfield.

Michael Schultz had earlier entered a plea of no contest to charges of involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and possession of a handgun.

Killed – Frank Wardell Hudson (Hereford, TX)

Frank Wardell Hudson

HEREFORD, TX, 9/04/13: Frank Wardell Hudson, owner of Cowboy Leather Company, was found at his home by police the past Wednesday. His death is reported to be the result of an accidental gun shooting that possibly happened while cleaning a gun.

Killed – Megan Bookstaver (Tarrytown, NY)

Megan Bookstaver

A 23-year-old woman was shot and killed when a gun she was looking at discharged inside a Westchester County home Monday, authorities said.

Tarrytown police say they received a 911 call for someone shot at 157 West Main St. at about 4:20 p.m. Officers responded and found Megan Bookstaver, of Hicksville, with a gunshot wound to her head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, Bookstaver was with two other people looking at shotguns inside a bedroom at the home, which is owned by Manhattan entertainment lawyer Robert Gaulin, when one discharged.
It’s unclear who was holding the gun and who owned it. Police also found two other guns in the home.

A Tarrytown man who fatally shot his girlfriend in the face in September 2013 was sentenced Thursday to six months in county jail and five years’ post-release supervision.

Eric Gaulin, 26, could have received a maximum sentence of 15 years following his guilty plea to a felony charge of manslaughter.

Gaulin told investigators that he was cleaning a rifle when it discharged, striking his girlfriend, Megan Bookstaver, 23, in the jaw.

The Mercy College student from the Long Island community of Hicksville was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It makes me torn,” said Grimm, a 23-year-old Mastic, Long Island, resident who befriended Bookstaver, also 23, early last year when they first entered Mercy College. “You would think somebody who has such involvement with guns would know what they are doing. … I’m still on the fence on it being an accident or not.”

Gaulin, 25, the son of a prominent entertainment lawyer, was charged Tuesday with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the Labor Day shooting death of Bookstaver in a Tarrytown town house.

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Eric Gaulin (DOB 06/07/88) of 157 West Main Street, Tarrytown, New York pled guilty today to:

one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
relating to the death of Megan Bookstaver.

On Monday, September 2, 2013, Labor Day, the defendant, his girlfriend, the deceased, and a mutual friend spend time together at the Palisades Center Mall in Rockland County.

They went to the Dick’s Sporting Goods store where they purchased a Savage Arms Axis 243 caliber rifle for the victim in a pink and black camouflage color, along with a box of ammunition for a 308 caliber Winchester rifle owned by the defendant.

They all then went to the defendant’s home in Tarrytown.

The defendant then took out several other rifles that he had in his possession at the house.

At about 4:20pm a shot rang out and the victim was struck in the face by a projectile from one of the rifles.

Family members in the house called 911.

Tarrytown police and EMS responded but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bail was continued at $50,000 cash or bond.

Sentencing will be on January 27th, 2015.

He faces a maximum sentence of five to fifteen years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Perry Perrone Chief of the Homicide Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Kristina Dushaj of the Investigations Division are prosecuting the case.

Killed – Man (Weirton, WV)


Weirton Police are investigating a shooting death that took place just after noon Monday in the Weirton Heights section of town.

Police say it happened just after noon on Owings Street, and the victim was reportedly shot in the chest accidentally.