Hug Turns Fatal When Boyfriend's Gun Goes Off

He was moving it when it discharged, say police
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2013 6:15 PM CDT
Updated Oct 2, 2013 8:18 PM CDT
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(Newser) – It's still under investigation, but Phoenix police think a bizarre accident is responsible for the death of a 24-year-old woman. Amanda Mosley was giving her 18-year-old boyfriend a hug, but the gun in his waistband got in the way, reports ABC15. The boyfriend then tried to remove the gun, but it went off in the process and killed Mosley, say police. That makes the 11th accidental shooting fatality in Arizona this year, reports the Phoenix New Times.

Mosley's sister tells KTVK she's not "100% certain" it was an accident, "but that's all the evidence we have so we don't really want to speculate too much or make people think that we're trying to go after someone." She adds that her family, who owned the home where the shooting took place, didn't know the boyfriend: "They were dating for a short amount of time." (Earlier this month, an 18-year-old woman was shot and killed when she tried to surprise her friend.)

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