Category Archives: Accidental Shooting

Killed – Toddler – Sheine Stein (Frederick, CO)

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FREDERICK, Colo. (CBS4) – Authorities in Weld County have identified the 3-year-old boy who they say died after he accidentally shot himself in the head.

The shooting happened Monday just after 9 a.m. at Sheine Steine’s home in Frederick. Steine died at the hospital after his mother Dione Warren called police when she found him lying on the ground in her bedroom. Steine was bleeding and not breathing.

When police arrived at the home a handgun was found near the child’s head and a bullet was found lying on the bed.

Frederick Police Chief Gary Barbour says the boy shot himself in the head from a Glock, model 23, .40 caliber gun. He said Warren thought at first that the boy had fallen and struck his head on a bedside table.

“We have no reason to believe this was other than an accidental firing of the gun while the child handled it,” Barbour wrote in an email to reporters on Tuesday.

The accidental shooting remains under investigation. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is trying to determine who fired the gun. They said it’s possible the boy could have fired the gun himself. They are also trying to determine if that handgun was locked up.

Steine lived at the home with Warren and his stepfather Jeremy McCollem, who owns the gun. McCollem was not home at the time of the accident.

Police and paramedics responded and the 3-year-old was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette. He died around 11:15 a.m., Frederick Police Chief Gary Barbour said.

GREELEY — Prosecutors may soon decide whether to file charges stemming from the accidental shooting death of a toddler at a Frederick home.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/10/29/coroner-identifies-boy-who-died-from-gunshot-wound-in-frederick/

http://www.timescall.com/news/ci_24410415/sheine-stein-3-frederick-died-accidental-gunshot-head

http://kdvr.com/2013/10/29/police-3-year-old-frederick-boy-died-of-accidental-gunshot-to-head/

http://archive.coloradoan.com/article/20131111/NEWS11/311110062/Charges-mulled-after-toddler-s-shooting-death-Frederick

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/charges-considered-after-toddlers-shooting-death-in-frederick

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/29/3yearold-colorado-boy-die_n_4174779.html

Killed – Jonathan Granger (Soldotna, AK)

Jonathan Granger

A 19-year-old Soldotna man died, as paramedics tried to save him, from a gunshot wound he sustained while hunting alone, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said Sunday.

Jonathan Granger was hunting off Isaak Road near mile 98 of the Sterling Highway Sunday afternoon, Peters said, when something went wrong. He called family to say that he was hurt.

When paramedics called by family members arrived around 2:30 p.m. Sunday they found Granger conscious and lucid.

“He was talking when we got there but died at the scene,” Peters said.

Granger had a torso wound, she said.

The family called paramedics at 2:46pm, who found Granger has sustained a gunshot wound to the torso.

http://www.adn.com/article/20131027/troopers-soldotna-hunter-dies-gunshot-wound

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2013-10-27/man-dies-from-gunshot-wound-while-hunting

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/soldotna-man-dies-in-kenai-peninsula-hunting-accident/22670564

http://radiokenai.net/soldotna-teen-dies-in-hunting-accident/

http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/29/the-gun-report-october-29-2013/?_r=0

http://mydeathspace.com/article/2013/11/14/Jonathan_Granger_(19)_accidentally_shot

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Jonathan-C.-Granger-96679251_himself_while_hunting

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/peninsulaclarion/obituary.aspx?pid=167788015

https://www.facebook.com/InLovingMemoryofGranger

Killed – Girl – Marina Rybak (Delta Junction, AK)

Marina Rybak

A 6-year-old boy fatally shot a 12-year-old girl with a pellet gun at a birthday party in Delta Junction on Saturday, the Alaska State Troopers said.

The girl, identified by troopers as Marina Rybak, was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Saturday with a gunshot wound to her neck. Troopers were notified of her death at 9:19 p.m., according to the dispatch.

Another child at the birthday party had gotten a hold of the pellet gun and given it to the boy, said trooper spokesman Megan Peters. The gun belonged to a relative of the boy.

“The six year old was taking the gun back in the house when he pulled the trigger,” Peters wrote in an e-mail Sunday. “He didn’t know the gun was loaded.”

The children ran inside and told the mother of the 6-year-old what had happened right away, Peters said.

The name of the 6-year-old has not been released.

More details were released Sunday afternoon surrounding the death of a 12-year-old girl who was shot with a pellet gun by a 6-year-old in the Interior community of Delta Junction, 95 miles southeast of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway. Alaska State Troopers reported they received a report of the shooting shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, and that the shooting appeared to be a tragic accident.

http://www.adn.com/article/20131027/boy-6-fatally-shoots-girl-12-pellet-gun-delta-junction

http://www.adn.com/article/20131027/girl-12-dies-after-being-shot-neck-boy-6-birthday-party

http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/troopers–year-old-delta-girl-dies-from-pellet-gun/article_21599140-3f53-11e3-8aa0-0019bb30f31a.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2478937/Alaska-boy-6-fatally-shoots-girl-12-pellet-gun.html

http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/12/the-gun-report-december-12-2013/?_r=0

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/delta-junction-girl-12-dies-after-being-shot-by-boy-6-with-pellet-gun/22660270

http://www.deltawindonline.com/news/local/article_fd2c15c4-473e-11e3-922d-001a4bcf6878.html

http://news.deltanewsweb.com/news/2013/11/05/marina-rybak-memorial-service/

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=119878039

Killed – Boy – Dax Dixon (Pratts, VA)

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The father of a 12-year-old boy killed Saturday in an accidental shooting says his son knew about gun safety.

Daniel Ray Dixon Jr. told the Newsplex on Sunday he thought his son was with his mother. Dixon said he had owned a number of guns prior to and taught his son about how to use one safely.

The boy was killed in an accidental shooting at a friend’s house in Pratts late Saturday afternoon. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is ongoing.

Madison County Public Schools superintendent Matt Eberhardt said grief counselors and psychologists will be available for students and staff on Monday.

October 26, 2013

ORIGINAL STORY:

A 12-year-old boy has died after a potential accidental shooting, according to a press release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

The release says deputies were called to a wooded area in the Pratts section of Madison County shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday. The initial report was for an accidental shooting involving two juveniles.

The release says the 12-year-old was found dead at the scene from an apparent gunshot wound.

http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/Madison-County-Boy-Dies-after-Possible-Accidental-Shooting-229419011.html

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/10/dax-dixon-accidentally-shot-while-playing-with-friend-96012.html

http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/year-old-boy-dies-in-apparent-accidental-shooting-in-madison/article_f1e95c7c-3f63-11e3-aaf6-0019bb30f31a.html

http://wina.com/local/madison-sheriffs-office-gives-id-of-shooting-victim/

http://hamptonroads.com/2013/10/dad-says-va-boy-accidentally-shot-while-playing

http://www.nbc29.com/story/23810437/madison-school-holds-grief-counseling-after-student-death

http://www.capitalbay.com/news/washington-dc/407307-dax-dixon-accidentally-shot-while-playing-with-friend.html

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