Monday, March 7, 2016

Wife of Eagles band member killed in unintentional shooting

63-year-old Lana Ray Meisner, wife of Eagles co-founder Randy Meisner, was killed at their home when a rifle being moved unintentionally discharged. 

According to police, as Lana lifted the rifle in the case, another item within the case shifted and hit the rifle causing it to fire.  She died of a single gunshot wound.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

About 90 minutes before the incident, North Hollywood police went to the Meisner's home in response to a radio call from a woman asking for police assistance for a possibly intoxicated male suspect.  Police took a domestic violence incident report and left.  

In 2015, Randy was placed under 24-hour supervision after allegedly threatening a murder-suicide with an AK-47.

Randy was cooperative throughout the investigation of his wife's death.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

12-year-old Idaho girl unintentionally shot during local militia meeting

A 12-year-old girl who was at a local militia meeting with her father at the Rupert Gun Range in Rupert, Idaho was shot and wounded when a member of the group was trying to clear his weapon and unintentionally discharged the gun.

The 3% of Idaho group went to target practice after their meeting when the incident happened.  According to reports, the bullet struck a metal table and ricocheted hitting the girl in the stomach and exiting her side. 

She was helicoptered to the hospital where she underwent surgery.  She was in stable condition.

In a Facebook post, one of the militia members wrote, "It sounds as if she is going to be ok, she was able to tell (her father) she loved him as they were loading her into the helicopter."

Members of the 3% of Idaho group went to Oregon last month to offer help with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Teen holding gun while on hoverboard loses balance, unintentionally shoots gun, kills 13-year-old cousin

18-year-old Brandon Louis, of Orange County, Florida was visiting with two of his cousins when one of them found a loaded, unlocked handgun under a bed in the house.

Louis was holding the gun while riding on a hoverboard. When he lost his balance he unintentionally discharged the gun, shooting his 13-year-old cousin Lavardo Fisher in the back of the head.  Lavardo was playing Xbox at the time.

Lavardo was taken to the local hospital where he died of his injuries.

The owner of the gun, 35-year-old Walter Morame, was arrested on charges of possession of a weapon by a felon.

Lavardo was an eighth grader at Ocoee Middle School and played football for the Ocoee Bulldogs.   Last year he was named a Pop Warner All-American scholar.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Man drops gun in Cracker Barrel, gun discharges injures customer eating breakfast

William Hoback, of Sanford, Florida, was talking to the person at the checkout counter at a local Cracker Barrel restaurant when his gun slipped out of his holster. When the gun hit the floor it discharged. The bullet hit a kettle and sent fragments flying in several directions.

Three people were hit by the shrapnel, including the restaurant manager, Hoback's finance, and a customer who was eating breakfast.

The customer told police he heard a loud bang and then felt a sharp burning pain in his left shin.  He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police did not charge Hoback in the incident and would not say if Hoback had a permit to carry the gun. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Gunfight at the OK Corral Re-enactment Unintentionally Uses Live Rounds, Wounds Actor

Tom Carter and Ken Curtis have been members of the Tombstone Vigilantes group for more than ten years.  The group re-enacts the historic gunfight at the OK Corral for tourists in Tombstone, Arizona.

But Sunday, the re-enactment went terribly wrong when the gun Tom Carter fired unintentionally contained live ammunition.  One of the bullets Carter fired struck Ken Curtis in the upper-groin area. Curtis was flown to the hospital in Tucson for treatment.

At least two other rounds struck businesses approximately 680 feet from the skit.  One of the bullets caused shrapnel to hit a female bystander.  She was not seriously injured and refused treatment.

Law officials have ordered the Tombstone Vigilante group to stop future re-enactments while the incident is being investigated.  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Gun falls out of woman's purse, discharges, injures woman nearby

A woman was checking her mother out of Christus Outpatient Pavilion in Beaumont, TX. She reached into her purse to grab some paperwork and a small caliber pistol fell out.  When the gun hit the floor it discharged.  The bullet went through a wall and hit another patient in the hip.

A police spokesperson said the injury was not life threatening and that the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Christus issued a statement that read, in part:
Handguns are strictly prohibited on all CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System campuses, as safety for our staff and patients is always a top priority. We are thankful for the rapid response of our teams and will continue to provide ongoing support to our staff as needed. We are working with law enforcement on the ongoing investigation.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Woman almost hit by bullet fired by 3-year-old in neighboring apartment

Police say a 3-year-old child in Peru, Indiana unintentionally discharged a handgun. The bullet went through the wall into a neighbor's apartment.

The woman in the apartment told police she heard a bang and saw drywall flying towards her. Luckily, she was not injured.

The child's mother told police the gun belonged to her finance and that he usually kept the gun in a drawer by the bed with the chamber cleared but he had been in a hurry that morning and left the gun loaded and unlocked on the nightstand.

The Miami County Department of Child Services was called to investigate the incident.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bystander trying to shoot carjacker unintentionally shoots victim instead

Houston, Texas police are reporting a man was shot in the head during an incident at a Valero gas station in north Houston around 11 o'clock Saturday night.

The victim was in the parking lot when two men jumped out and took the victim's Chevrolet pickup truck.

At that point another man who witnessed the carjacking pulled out a gun and started shooting at the suspects.  He unintentionally shot the carjacking victim in the head.

The victim was taken to the hospital where he is in stable condition.  Police are looking for both the suspects and the witness who did the shooting.  Police said the witness picked up shell casings in the parking lot and left the scene before they could question him.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Man trying to shoot seven puppies shot by puppy instead

37-year-old Jerry Bradford, of Pensacola, Florida couldn't find homes for his 3-month-old shepherd-mix puppies. So he decided the best course of action was to kill the seven puppies by shooting them in the head.

Bradford was holding two of the puppies, one in his arms the other in his left hand, when one of the dogs put its paw on the trigger of the .38-caliber handgun Bradford was using.

The gun discharged and Bradford was shot in the wrist. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police found three dead puppies and four others in good health. They were taken to a local animal adoption center.

Bradford faces charges of animal cruelty. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

8-year-old boy unintentionally shot by babysitter

39-year-old Mike Lee Dickey was babysitting an 8-year-old Casa Grande, Arizona boy.  According to police, at about 2 a.m., Dickey was in the bathroom removing his .45-caliber handgun from the waistband of his pants when he unintentionally discharged the gun. 

The bullet passed through two doors and struck the 8-year-old in his arm while he lay sleeping in a nearby bedroom.

The boy was flown to a hospital in Phoenix for treatment.  No charges have been filed but the report has been passed on to the County Attorney's Office.