Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Toddler – Lance Wilson (Michigan City, IN)

Lance Wilson

Zachariah L. Grisham, 24, is charged with neglect and reckless homicide in the shooting death of 3-year-old Lance Wilson at Terrace Acres Mobile Home Park in Michigan City, Ind.
Grisham appeared in La Porte County court on Monday, September 16. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.

The child was fatally shot on Sunday, September 15 inside his home on Farmington Drive in the mobile home park. Officials say Grisham, who is the live-in boyfriend of Wilson’s mother, was playing a game using guns with the toddler.

“It was a game where one would point a fake gun and then the suspect had taken the real gun and pulled the trigger, and it was loaded,” Det. Sgt. Andy Hynek, La Porte County Sheriff’s Department, said.

“As an adult, you should know better than to play a game with a 3-year-old with a gun. You never know what could happen. And in this case, it went off and a little boy had to die,” Kim Vansickle, neighbor, said.

Michigan City police were called to the boy’s home on Farmington Drive in the Terrace Acres Mobile Home Park about 3:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, and found Lance shot to death, according to the release. The boy was found in the home, shot in the head, said LaPorte County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Szilagyi, citing information from the probable cause hearing.

Killed – Robert Hood (Lancaster, SC)


Authorities say two convicted felons got together for a gun deal in Lancaster and one of them was accidentally killed as they looked at the weapon.

Deputies responded to a report of a shooting victim around 8 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Hospital in Lancaster.

Lancaster County deputies said 35-year-old Robert Hood was shot in the abdomen Tuesday night when the gun he was trying to get went off as he looked at it.

Investigators say the man showing the gun, 30-year-old Demario Buchanon was a felon and the gun had been stolen. Buchanon is charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of stolen property. He was in jail awaiting a bond hearing and it wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.

Deputies say Hood also was a convicted felon prohibited from having a gun.

Killed – Male Teen – Tyler Givens (Jarratt, VA)

Tyler Givens

SUSSEX COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) — Virginia State Police are investigating a Sunday afternoon shooting that killed a teenager. Tyler Givens, 15, suffered a fatal gunshot wound at a home in the 26000 block of Jefferson Road in Jarratt. The shooting happened just before 3:30 p.m.

“Givens’ body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for autopsy and examination,” Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller wrote in an updated emailed Monday morning. “No charges or arrests have been made at this stage of the ongoing investigation.”

JARRATT, Va. – A Petersburg man is charged with involuntary manslaughter, discharging a firearm in an occupied building and reckless handling of a firearm in connection to the September death of a Sussex County teenager.

Garrick Lewis, 24, turned himself in Nov. 18, according to Virginia State Police. A Sussex County grand jury recently indicted Lewis on the charges.

Killed – Rene O’Quinn (Harvey, LA)

Rene O'Quinn

Authorities say a Harvey man found lying dead in his bed Sunday morning was killed by an accidental shotgun blast from a neighboring apartment. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested next-door neighbor Pierre Camese, 23, and booked him with negligent homicide, said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the department.

Rene O’Quin’s fiancée found the 38-year-old in a pool of blood in his apartment located in the 2800 block of Destrehan Avenue in Harvey’s Woodmere neighborhood Sunday about 10:22 a.m. O’Quin had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Detectives first suspected his wound was self-inflicted, but then they noticed a bullet hole in the wall near the bed, Fortunato said.

Detective Rhonda Goff determined a single gunshot ripped through the wall separating O’Quin’s bedroom from a neighboring apartment in the two-story building that has four units, Fortunato said.

During the investigation, the detective learned the 911 center on Saturday received a call from that neighboring apartment reporting a domestic abuse incident involving Camese and an unidentified woman.

Goff interviewed Camese at the Sheriff’s Office investigations bureau in Harvey where he admitted he had been afraid of retaliation from his girlfriend’s family, Fortunato said. He borrowed a 12-gauge shotgun from a friend for protection and placed the weapon on his bed with the barrel pointed towards the wall.

But the he said the gun discharged when he pulled up the covers, Fortunato said. Camese told investigators he didn’t know anyone had been shot.

Killed – Toddler – Ella Marie Tucker (Yellowstone, WY)

Ella Marie Tucker

Chubbuck resident Ella Marie Tucker, 3, died after she reportedly shot herself with a handgun at a campground in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park rangers responded Saturday morning to Grant Village Campground, after a woman reported her daughter shot herself. Resuscitation efforts failed, resulting in what officials said was the first shooting death in the park since 1978.

A federal law went into effect Feb. 22, 2010, allowing visitors to possess firearms in the park.

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – The first child to die from gunfire in Yellowstone National Park in three-quarters of a century was a 3-year-old girl killed over the weekend by a bullet shot from her father’s handgun at a popular lakeside campsite, park officials said on Sunday.

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.