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Guest Accidentally Shoots Up Waldorf

4 wounded as gun goes off in wedding guest's pocket

(Newser) - A police source says a wedding guest's gun went off accidentally at New York's swanky Waldorf Astoria Hotel and four people suffered minor injuries from debris. The incident happened at 7:25pm last night in the Park Avenue hotel's lobby. A police official with knowledge of the... More »

25 Kids Under 5 Have Shot Someone This Year

Gun data finds at least 79 US children have shot someone in 2015

(Newser) - An alarming new analysis of gun data finds that at least 79 American kids shot someone accidentally in the first four months of this year—and 25 of those kids were between the ages of two and four years old. In those 79 incidents, 24 people were killed and 56... More »

Boy, 7, Mistaken for Intruder, Shot by Grandma

Grandmother not arrested, boy in critical condition

(Newser) - A Tampa grandmother allegedly fired a .22 caliber pistol into the dark this morning, shooting not the intruder she feared but her 7-year-old grandson, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The boy, Tyler Maddox, is now in critical but stable condition in the hospital. Hillsborough County deputies say Linda Maddox, 63,... More »

Firearms Instructor Shoots Himself During Gun Lesson

11-year police veteran was teaching family members

(Newser) - If making mistakes is best way to learn, Texas firearms instructor Sgt. Heath Vanek gave his family members a great lesson last month. The Hewitt Police Department officer was teaching them to shoot, and while showing them how to clear the chamber of a jammed semi-automatic … he shot himself... More »

Pregnant Woman Shot Dead by Friend Showing Off Gun

5-month-old fetus could also not be saved

(Newser) - Last night, Katherine Hoover and her husband went to visit friends in Brooksville, Florida, but the evening took a tragic turn around 6:45pm, when, police say, William DeHayes decided to show the Hoovers his guns. The .22 caliber revolver he was showing them allegedly accidentally fired, hitting 25-year-old Katherine... More »

Woman Shot During Gun Show Demo

Pennsylvania vendor was demonstrating a holster at the time

(Newser) - A vendor demonstrating a concealed carry holster at a Pennsylvania gun show used a real gun instead of a plastic model on Saturday—and things went about as wrong as they possibly could. The semi-automatic .380 didn't have a magazine attached, but there was a round in the chamber,... More »

New Dad Shot While Welcoming Baby Home

Freak accident after Florida neighbor's gun discharges

(Newser) - Steven Justin Ayers was celebrating the arrival of his new baby at the home he and his wife had just bought in September when a bizarre accident—one that an officer labels as having "one in infinity" odds—took his life. The 33-year-old guitar teacher, his wife, their 3-day-old... More »

Girl, 11, Shot Dead by 2-Year-Old Brother

Siblings were playing with gun while mom was in bathroom: police

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl was killed in Philadelphia Saturday morning when she and her three siblings found a loaded handgun in their home and started playing with it. Police say her 2-year-old brother pointed the gun at Jamara Stevens and it discharged, with the bullet striking her heart. She was pronounced... More »

Family of Guy Who Shot Himself: It Wasn't Suicide

They want James Jewell's cause of death listed as an accident

(Newser) - The death of the Michigan man who shot himself while attempting to demonstrate how safe his guns were has been ruled a suicide—and his family isn't happy about it. Jennifer Jackson says her longtime boyfriend James Jewell, 39, wasn't trying to take his own life: "I... More »

Man Tries to Show How Safe His Guns Are, Kills Self

His safety demo reportedly involved putting his guns to his head

(Newser) - A Michigan man was trying to show his girlfriend how safe his guns were last Sunday, and ended up killing himself in the process. The 36-year-old man's girlfriend told police that after a day of drinking, he was demonstrating how to use his handguns. To drive home how safe... More »

Gun Accident Kills Girl on 13th Birthday in Texas

Emilee Bates shot in stomach while stepbrother was clearing gun

(Newser) - Another tragic accidental shooting, this one in Texas: Emilee Bates was accidentally killed by her step-brother on her 13th birthday Tuesday. Police say Austin McCord, 19, was clearing his AK-47 at the time. He ejected two dummy rounds that were above the loaded magazine, then pulled the trigger in what... More »

Woman Killed by Hugging Off-Duty Police Officer

Adaisha Miller accidentally shot in the heart, police say

(Newser) - A Detroit woman who hugged an off-duty police officer this weekend died when his holstered handgun suddenly went off, WDIV Detroit reports. Adaisha Miller, 24, began dancing with Officer Issac Parrish at a party, wrapping her arms around him, when the gun discharged and hit her in the lung and... More »

Downside to Pistol-Packing: Man Shoots Own Penis

Gun tucked into his waistband accidentally discharges

(Newser) - Here's one more argument for stricter gun control: A pistol-packer can shoot his own penis. A Phoenix shopper found that out the extremely painful way when he tucked his girlfriend's pink pistol into his waistband and it accidentally discharged in a grocery store parking lot—sending a bullet... More »

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