Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Toddler – Noah Chambers (Cabot, AR)

Noah Chambers

LONOKE, Ark. (KTHV) – A Lonoke County man is under arrest in connection with the shooting death of a child.

Friday morning around 9:30 a.m., 30-year-old Vance Colbert Gatlin turned himself in with his attorney to the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office. He was then arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor and theft by receiving.

These charges are based on the shooting death of 3-year-old Noah Chambers which occurred at Gatlin’s residence on July 21.

Investigators said in July, 3-year-old Noah Chambers went to his neighbors’ house on Kerr Station Road, and followed the couple into their bedroom where he found a gun on the night stand.

He then picked up the gun and accidentally shot himself, according to investigators.

Killed – Boy – Lawson Walz (Battle Creek, NE)

Lawson Walz

BATTLE CREEK, Neb. (AP) A northeast Nebraska family is mourning the death of a boy killed in an accidental shooting.  Lawson Miles Walz was just four days from his 7th birthday.  He died around noon on Saturday in his home in a rural Battle Creek area.

Services will be Wednesday morning at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk with visitation Tuesday night.  An obituary for Lawson says he completed Kindergarten at St. John’s Lutheran School in Battle Creek.  It also says he was passionate about baseball, an eager outdoor lover and enthusiastic wrestler. This past year Lawson was proud to share with everyone his first place wresting trophies. Lawson treasured growing up on a farm where he could grow his sweet corn and actively participate in all things a farm boy loves.  Lawson shared his family’s passion of the outdoors by going camping, fishing and hunting at every opportunity. He was known for his constant and contagious smile and special knack for playing practical jokes. Lawson cherished every moment with his family, classmates, teammates and friends.

Killed – John Fisk Jr. (Columbus, OH)


A 26-year-old man was shot and killed by a friend early yesterday as they handled firearms after a night of drinking.

John Fisk Jr. had been at a bar with two friends when the three returned to 262 Westedge Court on the Far West Side, Columbus police said.

One of the men was holding an M1 Garand rifle and, unaware that it was loaded, shot Fisk in his upper arm around 2:30 a.m., police said.

Fisk was transported to Mount Carmel West hospital, and told responding officers and medical personnel that the shooting was unintentional.

He was pronounced dead about three hours later.

Killed – Boy – Leonard Smith Jr (Belleville, IL)

Leonard Smith Jr1

Authorities in southwestern Illinois say an 11-year old boy is dead after he was shot accidentally by a 6-year-old. deadly-shooting

Belleville police spokesman Mark Heffernan tells the Belleville News-Democrat that the shooting happened around 11 pm, Tuesday at a home during a family barbecue.

Three children were alone upstairs. Authorities say the handgun didn’t belong to the owners of the house but may have come from someone living there temporarily.

The 11-year old died before reaching the hospital. The Saint Clair County Coroner’s Office identified him as Leonard J. Smith Jr.

An autopsy yesterday showed he died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Police say smith was a resident of East Saint Louis and was visiting the family in Belleville. Saint Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly is reviewing the investigation.

According to Detective Mark Heffernan, a police spokesman, officers and EMS responded to a residence in the first block of North 98th Street Tuesday at 10:55 p.m. in reference to a child being shot. EMS transported the victim, 11-year-old boy Leonard Smith Jr. of East St. Louis, to Belleville Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Killed – Male Teen – Dustin Wade (Springfield, OH)

Dustin Wade

Springfield teenager Tuesday night faces charges in the teen’s accidental shooting death just minutes later, police said Wednesday.

Dustin Wade, 17, of Hillside Avenue, died after being taken by a friend to Springfield Regional Medical Center.

According to Springfield Police Division Chief Stephen Moody, Wade accidentally was shot in the upper torso.

Brian Aaron Lee Hill, 26, also of Springfield, was charged Wednesday afternoon with improperly furnishing firearms to a minor and involuntary manslaughter, both of which are felonies.

Hill sold a pistol to Wade, knowing he was a minor, Moody said. About 10 to 15 minutes after Wade purchased the gun, it went off in his hands as Wade and his friend were driving in a vehicle, the chief said.

“We certainly believe he did not mean to harm himself,” said Moody.


Killed – Boy – Isaac Tervino (Copiah County, MS)


Authorities say a 9-year-old Raymond boy died after being shot at a home in Copiah County.

Coroner Ellis Stewart identified the victim as Isaac Tervino.

Undersheriff Derrick Cubit tells WLBT TV Tervino was with two other children in a bedroom of the home on Highway 18 in the northwest part of the county. Cubit said the two other boys were brothers and Tervino was their cousin. The adults were reportedly in another room of the house eating.

Cubit says one of the other children found a gun, picked it up and fired, striking Tervino above the right eyebrow.

He says the victim was airlifted to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson where he died.

A 9-year-old is dead after he is accidentally shot by a 10-year-old in Copiah County. The county coroner says Isaac Trevino was shot in the head late Tuesday night. The accident happened in Hermanville off of Highway 18 around 9 p.m.

One of the other children was holding a gun that went off and struck the 9-year-old, Twiner said.

The gun, which did not have a lock on it, belonged to the boy’s grandparents, Chief Deputy Derrick Cubit said.

“It was actually sitting out in the open in the grandparents’ bedroom,” Cubit said.

Killed – Male Teen (Kodiak, AK)


A Kodiak teenage boy is reported to be in critical condition after sustaining a shotgun wound Sunday night at a home on Woody Way Loop, and Police Chief T.C. Kamai says another teen is in custody, charged with first-degree assault.

The 16-year-old victim was visiting in the home of the 15-year-old boy when the shooting occurred.

“Well at about 8:47 last night, officers were called to a residence on Woody Way Loop for a report that a 16-year-old boy had been accidentally shot by another boy,” Kamai said. “When police arrived, they found a 16-year-old male victim who sustained the gunshot wound. He was transported to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center in critical condition.”

This (Monday) morning Kamai said it’s his understanding the injured boy had been transported to Anchorage for additional care.

The chief said department detectives are now on the case.

“Detectives were called in and they began their investigation,” he said. “We’ve recovered the firearm that was involved in the shooting.”

Chief Kamai said there may be additional charges brought against the 15-year-old later. He was taken into custody without incident and is lodged at Kodiak Jail. Because he is a juvenile, the Kamai would not release his identity–year-old-kodiak-boy-dies-after-shooting/article_42124d4e-eff5-11e2-90e7-0019bb30f31a.html