Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Male Teen – Isaac Odell Williams (Swifton, AR)

Isaac Odell Williams

SWIFTON, AR (KAIT) – A teenage boy was found dead Thursday night from what appeared to be an accidental shooting.

Jackson County authorities responded to the shooting on Main Street in Swifton just after 5p.m.

According to Sheriff David Lucas, officers found Isaac Odell Williams, 14, of Newport dead from a gunshot wound to the face.

Sheriff Lucas said that the shooting appears to be accidental, but the case is still under investigation.

Killed – Erick Alexander Perez (Lake Charles, LA)

Erick Alexander Perez

A 20-year-old Lake Charles man is dead following an accidental shooting Thursday morning at a home near the corner of Louie and Ryan streets.

Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said the victim, Erick Alexander Perez, shot himself with a .22 revolver.

“(The) investigation revealed this was an accidental shooting,” Kraus said. “The victim wasn’t familiar with the firearm, which he obtained two days prior. He failed to realize that it was loaded with more that one round and shot himself in front of a witness.”

An eyewitness told KPLC that the victim was working on his truck around 9 a.m. and started playing with his gun.

LAKE CHARLES, LA, 12/26/13: A 20-year-old Lake Charles man is dead following a shooting Thursday morning. Authorities responded to an incident at a home near the corner of Louie and Ryan streets. An eyewitness told KPLC that the victim was working on his truck around 9 a.m. and started playing with his gun and accidentally shot himself. Deputy Coroner Zeb Johnson said there is no evidence of foul play, and they are investigating an accidental shooting. UPDATE: Police say the 20-year-old victim, identified as Erick Alexander Perez, shot himself with a .22-caliber revolver in front of a witness. According to investigators, the victim obtained the firearm only two days prior. They also say the victim was not familiar with the weapon and did not realize that it was loaded with more than one round.–Accidental-Shooting

Killed – John David Cook Jr. (Baytown, TX)

John David Cook Jr.

A 52-year-old man died after a mishap with a flare gun on Christmas Day in his back yard at a home in Chambers County.

John David Cook Jr. died in the incident, which happened about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Oaks Grande Drive in the Baytown area, according to the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Cook’s wife told investigators she woke up to her husband’s screams in the living room. His hands were severely injured and he had an open wound in his chest.

Deputies said Cook was flown by LIfeFlight medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center, where he later died.

Deputies said investigators later determined Cook had been working with a 37 mm flare device/gun on the patio. The expended flare casing was found in the grass near the porch.

Killed – Bruce Fleming (Deltona, FL)

Bruce Fleming1

The man who fired the shotgun that killed a 69-year-old man in the yard of his Deltona home on Christmas will not be charged, a Volusia County grand jury decided on Thursday.

Bruce Fleming was in his yard when he was struck by the stray pellet from a shotgun fired by Julio Lemus, who was shooting at a bird on a nearby property, authorities said. The grand jury ruled there is not enough evidence to prove a crime has been committed.

According to a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office report, Fleming and his son were outside doing some work in the yard when three shots were fired. Lemus told police he was shooting at a bird that was in a tree.

Lemus apparently wanted to shoot the bird because it was causing problems with his livestock, according to the report.

When he fired the first shot, the bird was up in a tree about 12 feet. The bird then moved to another tree and perched on it about 6 feet high, and Lemus fired again.

“The importance of the second shot is the backdrop for the shot is closely in line with where (Fleming) was working on his property at the time Lemus fired the second shot,” the report said.

The report states there were about 550 feet separating where Lemus fired the shots to where Fleming was standing.

It was after the second shot that Lemus told deputies he heard screaming. Fleming’s son found his father with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Lemus fired a third shot after the bird flew to the other side of the property, the report said.

After 911 was called, Fleming’s son drove his truck to get help when he encountered Lemus and another man who were driving away. When Lemus learned someone was shot, he said “I’m sorry, I don’t know what happened,” according to the report. He said he did not see anyone on Fleming’s property when he was shooting.

Lemus said he bought the shotgun about a year previous. He said he didn’t have any formal firearm safety training but did learn some tips from the previous owner of the shotgun.

“Among the things Lemus admitted to being told was not to shoot in the direction of homes or people,” the report said. “Lemus said that he shot in the direction of (Fleming’s property) because he thought it was high enough and none of the shots would be able to make it that far.”

It’s legal to fire a gun on private property in that part of the county “as long as it’s done in a safe and prudent manner,” the sheriff’s office has said.

Volusia sheriff’s investigators said Fleming was shot in the chest at 10:02 a.m. Wednesday while in his backyard at 3220 Cadehill Drive. Thursday’s autopsy confirmed Fleming died from the gunshot wound he suffered.

Killed – Baby – Kestyn Davis (East Lampeter, PA)


A family member owned the gun that discharged earlier Tuesday afternoon in an East Lampeter Township home, killing a 2-month-old child, police said.

Police arrived at an apartment in the 2100 block of Old Philadelphia Pike at 2:24 p.m. where they found the infant suffering from a single gunshot wound, according to an East Lampeter Township police news release. Police and other first responders tried to render aid to the young victim, but the child was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the Lancaster General Hospital, police said.

Saying it would compound a tragedy and serve no purpose, a Lancaster County judge spared an East Lampeter man prison time for accidentally shooting his infant daughter.

Instead, Judge Dennis Reinaker sentenced G. Scott Davis, 36, to six years of probation Friday after Davis pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and related charges in the Dec. 24 death of 2-month-old Kestyn Davis.

Davis had been playing with a 9-mm handgun he’d bought earlier in December when he pulled the trigger while the gun was in his lap, according to authorities. He knew the gun had a magazine, but didn’t realize a bullet was in the chamber.

The bullet struck Kestyn, who was in a swing at the other end of the room a few feet away. Kestyn died shortly after being shot in the abdomen.

Almost immediately, Davis’ wife, Alyssa, and her father returned home from shopping and her father called 911.

They had been picking up tuxedos so Alyssa and Scott could have a formal wedding ceremony, according to Scott’s lawyer, Jeffrey Conrad, said. The couple married in April.

Killed – Randall Thomas Lewis (Lenoir County, NC)

Randall Thomas Lewis

The Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office says the accidental discharge of a gun has left one man dead and another charged.

Deputies were dispatched to 855 Smith Grady Road, Seven Springs at 1:10 p.m. Monday in reference to a shooting incident.

Deputies arrived on scene and found a male victim dead from a gunshot wound.

The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Randall Thomas Lewis. Deputies say he died of an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Sheriffs’ detectives say the investigation and determined that Lewis and 19-year-old Michael Bradley Rouse were engaged in horseplay while Rouse held a semi-automatic handgun. Rouse reportedly pointed the handgun at the victim believing the gun had the safety engaged. The gun was then fired and a bullet struck Lewis.

Rouse was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the use or sale of controlled substances and possession of a firearm by felon. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Killed – Female Teen – Kiana Rae O’Neil (Colorado Springs, CO)

Kiana Rae O'Neil

A vigil will be held Friday night (12/27/13) for a 14-year-old girl who was mistaken for a burglar and shot and killed by her stepfather.

The shooting happened on Monday, December 23, 2013 just before 6 a.m.

Kiana Rae O’Neil lived in Alamosa before moving to Colorado Springs. Friday night’s vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Jara, which is about 15 miles south of Alamosa.

Kiana attended Vista Ridge High School in District 49. Classmates gathered at her home on Ascendant Drive the day after she died to remember her.

A KRDO NewsChannel 13 crew reached out to family and friends at the home but they declined to comment.

Fort Carson identified the stepfather as 2nd Lt. Daniel Meade, a member of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.