Friday, December 5, 2014

3-year-old unintentionally shoots & kills his mother

26-year-old Christa Engles, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was changing her 1-year-old daughter's diaper when her 3-year-old son found a loaded, unlocked semiautomatic handgun under the couch.  The toddler unintentionally discharged the weapon, shooting his mother in the head.

Soon after, Christa's mother arrived at the home and found her and the two children covered in blood.  Christa was rushed to the hospital where she died a short time later.

Christa was an enrolled military member.  Police report there were several guns in the home.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Woman shot with own gun trying to fend off robber

A Tulsa, Oklahoma woman was having a garage sale at her house when a man and a woman knocked her to the floor, hit her and took the cash bag from the garage sale.

When the robbers let her up, the victim took a handgun from her back waistband and pointed it at them.  The man grabbed the gun and in the ensuing struggle the gun discharged, shooting the victim in the hand.

The robbers managed to get the gun and left with the gun and the money.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment where she was listed in serious condition.

19-year-old Allicia Love was arrested a short time later about a block from the scene of the robbery.  She admitted to police that she knocked the woman down while her companion took the money.  Police are still looking for the male robber.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

13-year-old shot & killed when gun unintentionally shot in motel room next to his

13-year-old Nathan Clark, of Lewisville, North Carolina traveled with his soccer team to Raleigh for a soccer tournament.  The team was staying at the Comfort Suites in Raleigh when Randall Vater, who was staying in the room next door, unintentionally discharged a firearm.

The bullet went through the wall and struck Nathan, who was in bed asleep, in the head.  According to a 911 call, Nathan was "not responding to anything and he's bleeding from the back of his head."  The caller went on to say, "We were sitting here and I heard a noise and got up to check on him and there is blood everywhere. I heard a gurgling noise. We have no idea what happened. We all went to bed."

Nathan was pronounced dead at the scene.

42-year-old Vater was arrested for involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Vater is a habitual felon with 28 prior convictions, prosecutors said. Reports did not indicate where Vater got the gun. Had he tried to buy a gun from a licensed dealer, a background check would have turned up his record and denied his purchase.  However, North Carolina allows for the private sale of guns without a background check.

Nathan's soccer team released a statement that read, in part, "Nathan was fun-loving, energetic and brought a joy and a special spark to the Calvary boys soccer team. Nathan will be greatly missed by the whole Calvary soccer family."

This is not the first time this blog has posted a story about someone being unintentionally shot by a stranger in the hotel room next door.  Here a few others:

Woman shot and killed in motel when guest in another room unintentionally discharges gun

Trial date set for man who shot gun in motel room, killing man in room next door

Man showing off gun in hotel room unintentionally shoots gun wounds man in room next door

Thursday, November 6, 2014

3 incidents this week of toddlers finding loaded guns and shooting someone

A 4-year-old boy in Lorain, Ohio found a loaded, unlocked .40-caliber handgun in a dresser drawer in his parents' bedroom. He and his 3-year-old sister were playing alone in the bedroom when the boy unintentionally shot his sister in the head. The girl is in critical condition in the hospital.

The father initially tried to make up a story about two men with hooded sweatshirts who shot at him and missed, shooting his daughter instead.  "He did make up a contrived story," said a police spokesperson. "I don't know if he was trying to protect the four year old or protect himself, if he's not allowed to have a handgun or not."

Prosecutors will decide if the father will be charged for lying to police and for not securing the gun.

In Houston, Texas, 20-year-old Patrick Sanders was sleeping on a couch when a loaded handgun fell out of his pants on to the floor.  A 3-year-old boy saw the gun and picked it up.  When Sanders tried to grab the gun away from the toddler, the boy unintentionally discharged the gun, shooting Sanders in the face.  Sanders is in critical condition in the hospital.

In Baltimore, Maryland a two toddler were playing in a bedroom when one of the children was "able to access a shotgun" and unintentionally shot a 3-year-old in the lower leg. The toddler is in the hospital but his condition has not been released.  Police said the loaded, unlocked gun was left in the toddler's bedroom and they are still trying to determine how this happened.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MLB All-Star Jose Canseco unintentionally shoots himself while cleaning gun

Six-time Major League Baseball All-Star Jose Canseco was cleaning his handgun at the kitchen table in his Las Vegas home when he unintentionally discharged the weapon.

According to reports, the 50-year-old former baseball star had recently visited the shooting range and was cleaning his handgun around 3 o'clock in the afternoon when he shot himself in the left hand.  He did not realize there was still a round left in the chamber.

His fiancee, Leila Knight, told reporters, "I heard the gun go off and saw his middle finger hanging by a string."

Knight added that Canseco will either have to have the finger amputated or have full reconstruction surgery.  Doctors have already told the couple Conseco will never have full use of his hand again.

Monday, October 27, 2014

3-year-old unintentionally shot and killed during game of "gun tag"

26-year-old Galen Hawk, of Ninepipes, Montana, was playing with his 3-year-old nephew, Lonato Moran-Allen.

According to documents, Hawk saw the boy holding his handgun and he took it away from him.  Hawk said the boy then ran down the hallway, looking back toward him while pretending to shoot a toy gun. Hawk responded by pointing his gun at Lonato and pulled the trigger.

The gun discharged, shooting the boy in the back.  The boy died at the scene.

Hawk said he thought the gun wasn't loaded because he had the magazine for the gun in his pocket.  He also told investigators that before the shooting he had been drinking whisky and alcoholic lemonade.

Hawk was charged with negligent homicide.  He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Trooper killed in unintentional shooting during training exercise

Pennsylvania state trooper 26-year-old David Kedra, of East Coventry Township, was taking part in a training exercise at a Plymouth Twp. firing range.  According to reports, Kedra was in a classroom for a demonstration of how to break down and clean a service weapon.  An experienced state police firearms instructor was handling a gun and unintentionally discharged the weapon.

The bullet struck Kedra in the chest. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital and died a short time later.

Kedra was raised in Philadelphia.  He graduated from Temple University in 2010 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in June 2012 and was assigned to a station upon graduation in January of 2013. He had recently moved into a new house with his fiance in East Coventry Township.

Investigators have not released the identity of the instructor who shot Kedra.  The incident is being investigated by the state police and the district attorney's office.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Teacher unintentionally discharges gun during class

James Whitmer is a retired FBI agent who is currently an instructor at Technology Center of DuPage in Addison, Illinois. Before class Friday afternoon he was showing three students a gun in an office adjacent to the classroom when he unintentionally discharged the weapon.

The bullet struck a file cabinet and a hollow wall and ended up lodged in another classroom.  Fortunately, no one was injured.

Whitmer was not authorized to have the gun on school property.  He has been questioned by police, but no charges have been filed.

The school offers classes to area high school juniors and seniors. The school contacted parents of the students who were in the class to "express our sincere apology that their children's safety was put at risk."

Monday, September 29, 2014

Unintentional shootings by people who carry concealed weapons in public

The Atlantic Citylab takes a look at people who carry concealed weapons and keep unintentionally shooting themselves in public bathrooms. In most cases the self-inflicted victims were pulling up or lowering their pants when their concealed weapon fell out, hit the floor, and fired.

The list includes:

  • An elementary school teacher in Utah who discharged her gun in the faculty bathroom. The bullet shattered a toilet, sending shards into her leg.
  • An off-duty cop who unintentionally fired his gun in the restroom in a Target in Honolulu. 
  • A New Jersey detective who unintentionally shot himself in the bathroom at work.
  • A customer at a Burger King in Pennsylvania who panicked when his 9mm handgun unintentionally discharged in the men's room. 

Guns are the only consumer product manufactured in American not regulated by a federal agency for health and safety. Guns that discharge when dropped clearly have a design flaw yet the Consumer Product Safety Commission has no authority to issue a recall on any gun or demand they be redesigned.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

19-year-old unintentionally shoots & kills friend while playing with handgun

19-year-old Vinell Ayers, of Memphis, Tennessee, and Fontaine Craft were playing with a handgun while sitting in the back seat of a Ford Explorer at a gas station. According to police, the two were playing with the gun and pointing it at each other.

Ayers unintentionally discharged the gun and the bullet hit 20-year-old Derrick Glasper who was sitting in the driver's seat.  Glasper was hit in the back and upper chest.  Gasper was taken to the hospital where he died of his injuries.

Ayers attempted to hide the gun under a shed at the back of the gas station.  He was arrested and charged with reckless homicide and tampering with evidence.