Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Boy – John Allen Read (Vidor, TX)

John Allen Read

On Monday, October 21, 2013, approximately 2:45 PM, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning an unresponsive child in the 1200 block of Scott Drive in Vidor.

Upon arrival, Deputies met with the caller and located a child at the residence who appeared to have sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the head. According to information obtained on scene, a five year old boy was left with a babysitter at the child’s home in the 1200 block of Roberts Rd., just one street over from Scott Drive. The babysitter heard a noise in another room of the residence and discovered the child with the injury. There was no phone access available at the residence. The babysitter carried the child to the child’s grandparent’s address on Scott Dr. where emergency personnel were contacted at that time. The preliminary investigation appears to be that the shooting was accidental.

Justice of the Peace Precinct #4, Judge Price, was summoned to the scene. An autopsy was ordered and the child was transported to the Jefferson County Morgue.

No arrests have been made and this investigation is ongoing.

****UPDATE**** 10/21/2013-The name of the child was withheld previously pending all family notifications. Notifications have since been made. The five year old boy’s name is John Read.

There is no other information to release at this time.

****UPDATE*** 10/22/2013:

The ongoing investigation into the accidental shooting death of five year old John Allen Read has led the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Investigators to file a case with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, charging the baby sitter, Melissa Ann Ringhardt, white female, date of birth 9-12-1994, of Vidor, with Abandoning or Endangering a Child-State Jail Felony PC 22.041.

Melissa Ringhardt had been living with the Read family in their home for the past few months. On Monday, October 21, 2013, Ringhardt was left in the home with five year old John Read and another 6 month old child belonging to Kayla and Joe Read. Ringhardt stated to Investigators that she was carrying a handgun on her person in the home that day because she was scared being at home alone. The handgun was a semi-automatic .40 caliber pistol. Ringhardt left the handgun on a coffee table in the living room and went to the bedroom to take a nap. When she was awakened from her nap, she noticed she didn’t see John around the house. She began looking until she found him deceased in the living room with the fatal gunshot wound. The six month old child was not harmed. Ringhardt carried both children to the grandparent’s house to get help.

Investigators were able to obtain an Arrest Warrant for Ringhardt. On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, around 3:00 p.m., Ringhardt was located at an address in the 1600 block of Willowbend in the Vidor area. She was arrested without incident and transported to the Orange County Jail Facility. She was booked for Abandoning or Endangering a Child-State Jail Felony PC 22.041. Bond has not yet been set.

The baby sitter of a 5-year-old boy who died Monday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound allegedly told authorities she’d been high on marijuana that day.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in her arrest, Melissa Ringhardt had been “intoxicated throughout the day due to the consumption of marijuana” the day she allegedly left a .40-caliber handgun on a coffee table when she went take a nap in another room.

The affidavit states Ringhardt said she was carrying the gun “as a form of protection” the day she was watching 5-year-old John Read and another 6-month old child at a home in the 1200 block of Roberts Road in Vidor.

http://www.ocsheriffsoffice.com/child-death-in-vidor-10212013/

http://www.chron.com/news/article/UPDATED-Child-dies-in-accidental-shooting-in-4914183.php?cmpid=hpts

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/23/justice/texas-babysitter-gun-death/

http://www.theexaminer.com/stories/news/wanted-melissa-ringhardt-babysitter-responsible-childs-death

http://www.theexaminer.com/stories/news/toddler-dies-gunshot-while-sitter-slept-0

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Affidavit-Vidor-baby-sitter-intoxicated-on-day-4926618.php

Killed – Archie Kee (Garysburg, NC)

Archie Kee

GARYSBURG — The death of a Garysburg man Sunday while trying to secure his gun appears to have been an accident, according to officials.

Det. Sgt. Courtney Williams, of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, wrote in his report of the incident that he responded to at 110 Perry St. in Garysburg around 10:04 p.m. Sunday in response to a shooting.

When Williams arrived a male witness let him into the house, where he found the home’s resident, Archie Kee, 51, lying on the kitchen floor suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The witness told Williams he had been called by Kee moments earlier stating he had shot himself.

When the witness arrived ahead of the police, Kee let him in, then stepped back and laid himself down on the kitchen floor.

Kee told Williams, according to the report, he had been trying to put a trigger lock on his .380 pistol when it discharged and he was struck once in the chest.

Williams found the firearm in the bedroom with a trigger guard in place.

GARYSBURG, NC, 10/20/13: The death of a Garysburg man Sunday while trying to secure his gun appears to have been an accident, according to officials. Det. Sgt. Courtney Williams, of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, wrote in his report of the incident that he responded to at 110 Perry St. in Garysburg around 10:04 p.m. Sunday in response to a shooting. When Williams arrived a male witness let him into the house, where he found the home’s resident, Archie Kee, 51, lying on the kitchen floor suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The witness told Williams he had been called by Kee moments earlier stating he had shot himself. When the witness arrived ahead of the police, Kee let him in, then stepped back and laid himself down on the kitchen floor. Kee told Williams, according to the report, he had been trying to put a trigger lock on his .380 pistol when it discharged and he was struck once in the chest. Williams found the firearm in the bedroom with a trigger guard in place.

http://www.rrdailyherald.com/news/garysburg-man-dies-in-accidental-shooting-while-securing-gun/article_ca2b2950-3d87-11e3-bd88-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/29/1248982/-GunFAIL-XLI

http://www.hdpopefuneralhome.com/new_view.php?id=4949771

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsobserver/obituary-preview.aspx?n=archie-kee&pid=167703725&referrer=0&

http://www.rrdailyherald.com/obituaries/archie-kee/article_01e7d9b2-3e8a-11e3-9c97-0019bb2963f4.html

Killed – Timothy B. Bush (Macy, NE)

Timothy B. Bush

A 48-year-old Omaha man has died following a hunting incident near Macy in northeast Nebraska on Sunday, Oct. 20.

Family of Tim Bush say that he worked as a custodian at Morton Middle School.

According to Nebraska Game and Parks, the incident took place on the Omaha Indian Reservation, where an early deer hunting season was in progress.

Bush was in a five-person hunting party when he was shot in the buttocks with a rifle. He was transported to a Winnebago hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy has been ordered.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraska State Patrol, Omaha tribal officers and Thurston County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.

Bush’s family says he was shot in crossfire by another person in the same party.

The family also says it was a tragic accident. Bush was an avid outdoor enthusiast who loved teaching other family members about hunting and fishing.

Bush spent a lot of time with his family, a brother said Tuesday in an email. He also worked as a custodian at Morton Middle School.

“He was a great OPS employee,” said Todd Andrews, spokesman for the Omaha Public Schools. “He was greatly appreciated by the staff and students.”

http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Omaha-Man-Killed-In-Hunting-Accident-228687461.html

http://journalstar.com/ap/state/omaha-man-dies-after-hunting-accident/article_6c4cf985-82fa-5b50-bebd-87971285fc48.html

http://omaha-nsn.gov/tribe-expresses-sympathies-to-family-of-fallen-outdoorsman/

http://www.omaha.com/news/omaha-man-killed-in-hunting-accident-was-an-outdoorsman-ops/article_2591687c-fa4f-57bf-a8de-38d25e018420.html?mode=jqm

Killed – Male Teen – Ian Dante Muro (Salida, CO)

Ian Dante Muro

SALIDA — Authorities say a 14-year-year-old boy was killed when he apparently shot himself accidentally during a family hunting trip in south-central Colorado’s San Isabel National Forest.

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office says Ian Dante Muro, of Brighton, was hunting with his father, mother and grandfather Saturday afternoon. The father and grandfather called 911 shortly after 5 p.m. to report that the boy had separated from the group when they heard a shot and found him nearby, lying motionless with his rifle.

Ian suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest.

http://gazette.com/teen-shot-killed-during-family-hunting-trip-near-salida/article/1507958

http://www.nbc11news.com/home/headlines/Brighton-teen-killed-in-apparent-hunting-accident-228537661.html

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/14-year-old-brighton-boy-shot-and-killed-during-family-hunting-trip-saturday

http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Teen-Shot-And-Killed-During-Hunting-Trip-228536031.html

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/10/21/brighton-teen-killed-in-apparent-hunting-accident/

http://www.themountainmail.com/free_content/article_02e85a84-3a62-11e3-be5b-001a4bcf6878.html

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thebrightonblade/obituary.aspx?pid=167762971

http://www.taborfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2292941&fh_id=13067

Killed – Man (Colorado Springs, CO)

male

A man died after accidentally shooting himself in the leg Saturday, according to Colorado Springs police.

The shooting at the Lincoln Springs Apartments on the 1100 block of South Chelton Road was reported to police about 4:45 p.m. Saturday.

The victim’s 19-year-old son told police his father was in another room working on a computer when he heard a gunshot. The son saw his father bleeding from the thigh before calling 9-1-1.

Police believe the victim was handling a gun, thinking it to be unloaded, when it fired and struck him in his upper thigh.

The man was transported to Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

http://gazette.com/police-believe-colorado-springs-mans-death-caused-by-accidental-shooting/article/1507960

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/29/1248982/-GunFAIL-XLI#

http://gazette.com/police-believe-colorado-springs-mans-death-caused-by-accidental-shot-in-leg/article/1507960

Killed – Toddler – Samarri Tyana Beauford (Fayetteville, NC)

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A man was arrested after police said his 2-year-old daughter accidentally shot and killed herself inside their Fayetteville home.

Melvin Andre Clark, 19, of Fayetteville, is accused of leaving a loaded .22 semi-automatic pistol under his living room couch.

The suspect’s toddler daughter, Samarri Tyana Beauford, found the gun when she was playing and it fired, police said. No one else at the house was injured.

Fayetteville police said they responded to the shooting around 12:39 p.m. Saturday in the 2600 block of Graham Road.

Police said the victim sustained a gunshot wound and was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where she died from her injuries.

http://myfox8.com/2013/10/20/fayetteville-man-arrested-in-toddler-daughters-death/

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/police-investigate-after-2-year-old-found-shot-kil/nbSP2/

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/21/justice/north-carolina-toddler-shot/

http://wtkr.com/2013/10/20/fayetteville-man-charged-in-shooting-death-of-his-daughter/

http://www.wral.com/girl-2-dies-after-being-shot-inside-fayetteville-home/13017263/

http://abc11.com/archive/9293451/

http://wqad.com/2013/10/21/father-charged-after-2-year-old-fatally-shoots-herself/

http://www.wral.com/police-gun-that-killed-fayetteville-toddler-was-illegally-owned/13020934/

Killed – Francisco Hernandez (Jones County, GA)

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A Joliet man was killed in a hunting accident Saturday in Georgia.

Francisco Hernandez, 47, was pronounced dead at the Piedmont Wildlife Refuge on the first day of deer-hunting season, according to a story in The Jones County News.

Jones County Deputy Coroner Bill Wright told the paper that the Hernandez, who was shooting with a group of about 10 people, was shot in the head and died instantly at about 10:30 a.m. Oct. 19.

Deputies arrived on the scene at around 12:30 Saturday afternoon on Union Hill Church Road.

http://patch.com/illinois/joliet/joliet-man-killed-in-deer-hunting-accident

http://jcnews.com/bookmark/23914837-Hunter-killed-on-first-day-of-season

http://archive.13wmaz.com/news/article/250415/153/One-Dead-after-Hunting-Accident-in-Jones-County