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Woman Reaches for Phone in Purse, Fires Gun Instead

She had a concealed carry permit

(Newser) - A woman's purse is a multitool. It can be a fashion accessory, a lunch bag, a first aid kit, a storage locker, or an impromptu umbrella for a dash to the door in a downpour—it is definitely not a holster, however. So learned Kashaun Alexsis McRunells of Edwards,...

Cops: Toddler Fatally Shoots Mom During Zoom Call
After Toddler
Shoots Mom on
Zoom, an Arrest
UPDATED

After Toddler Shoots Mom on Zoom, an Arrest

2-year-old's father, Veondre Avery, is being held

(Newser) - Update: A 22-year-old Florida man has been arrested in the case of a toddler who shot and killed his mother while she was on a Zoom call in August. Veondre Avery, 22, allegedly left a loaded gun in his 2-year-old son's Paw Patrol backpack, which was on the floor...

Teen 'Accidentally' Kills Himself During Video Chat

Authorities in Farmington, Maine, say it was 'horrific'

(Newser) - A Maine teenager is dead after accidentally shooting himself Monday during a video chat, authorities say. The Sun Journal reports that the 16-year-old, who remains unidentified, was an honor roll student at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington. The boy apparently took a family member's gun out of a...

Cops: We 'Couldn't Believe' This Dad Was Involved in Shooting

Dustin Adkins charged in accidental shooting of daughter, 9

(Newser) - Florida's Dustin Adkins is barred from possessing guns after a handgun he was showing off in 2011 accidentally discharged, killing a 13-year-old girl. That's why Titusville police say they were dumbfounded to discover that Adkins' own 9-year-old daughter was shot Saturday when her father allegedly left her and...

Florida Man Slips, Kills Friend
Florida Man Slips, Kills Friend

Florida Man Slips, Kills Friend

Victim was on roof, 10 feet from shooter's son

(Newser) - A Florida man stepped out his truck, slipped on a piece of construction debris, and shot and killed his longtime friend Wednesday. The unidentified male "was transitioning the gun from his waistband [to] his pocket" when he says it unintentionally fired as he slipped, a rep for the Hillsborough...

One Cop Shoots Another During Search
Body Cam Shows Why
Officer Is 'Devastated'
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Body Cam Shows Why Officer Is 'Devastated'

Cop shoots fellow officer shot in the back

(Newser) - Officer Aaron Wright had her back—but for a split second, in the wrong way. Released body cam footage shows the Indiana officer shooting fellow officer Lane Butler in the back Tuesday in an apparent accident, ABC News reports. Three officers were searching a Lafayette home for a suspect wanted...

Gun Range Worker Accidentally Shoots, Kills Customer

Rifle discharged during cleaning, sending bullet through wall: police

(Newser) - A 36-year-old man walking toward a gun range was fatally shot Tuesday before he stepped inside. Joshua Cummings had just got out of his vehicle and was walking across the parking lot of Hot Wells Shooting Range near Cypress, Texas, shortly after 9am when a rifle accidentally discharged inside, reports...

Man Discussing Church Shootings Accidentally Shoots Wife in Church

The bullet that entered her abdomen first struck his hand

(Newser) - During a discussion of church shootings, a man announced that he took his gun everywhere, pulled it out in a room full of people, then accidentally shot himself and his wife—at church. The unidentified Tennessee man, described as in his 80s, was at a luncheon at First United Methodist...

Employee Accidentally Shoots Self at NRA Headquarters

The 46-year-old's gun went off during firearm training

(Newser) - An NRA employee was hospitalized Thursday after accidentally shooting himself during firearms training at NRA headquarters in Virginia, NBC Washington reports. According to the Fairfax County Police Department , the 46-year-old man was holstering his pistol when it fired. He suffered a minor injury to his lower body. Officers discussed the...

Boy Blinded When Sister's Bullet Ricochets at Shooting Range

Their father is banned from owning guns

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl fired a borrowed gun at a Pennsylvania shooting range and the bullet ricocheted off the ground, striking her 12-year-old brother in the head and blinding him, state police said in court documents. The children's father, Anthony Vankirk II, was at the Halfmoon Township gun range when...

1-Year-Old Son of Corrections Officer Shot, Killed by Sister

Police say the girl got a hold of her mother's gun

(Newser) - Tragedy in California, where the 1-year-old son of a state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officer was accidentally shot and killed by his sister. Police responding to a 911 call Wednesday night in Chowchilla found the boy with a bullet wound to the head; he died en route to a...

Dad Who Shot, Killed Son: We'll Still Keep Guns in House

'The gun didn't kill my boy. I did'

(Newser) - The father who accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old son at a Florida gun range Sunday is speaking out to make sure others learn from the tragedy. "The gun didn't kill my boy. I did," William Clayton Brumby, 64, tells CNN . "Every round in the gun...

Cops: Dad Accidentally Kills Son at Gun Range Where Kids Shoot Free

Range has been described as 'possibly one of the safest ever'

(Newser) - Tragedy in Sarasota, Fla., where police say a father accidentally shot and killed his son at a shooting range Sunday afternoon, WFLA reports. William Brumby was firing in the last shooting lane at High Noon Gun Range, where there was a solid wall to his right, when a spent shell...

Gun Goes Off at High School Graduation, Hurts 2

Kansas shooting was reportedly accidental

(Newser) - Two people were shot and injured after an accidental discharge at a high school graduation ceremony in southern Kansas, the AP reports. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Butler County Sheriff's Office says the shooting happened around 2pm Sunday at the Augusta High School ceremony. Per KWCH , a man'...

Gun in Grandma's Bed Kills 3-Year-Old Sleeping There

Police arrested 42-year-old grandmother

(Newser) - A New Orleans woman allegedly slept with both her gun and her grandson in her bed, with tragic consequences. Police were called to home around 2am Wednesday to find the 3-year-old boy had been shot in the chest; he later died at a hospital, NBC News reports. The grandmother, 42-year-old...

Woman Shot Through Wall by Neighbor Cleaning Gun

He got arrested, she got taken to the hospital with a minor injury

(Newser) - Police in Colorado Springs say a woman sitting on a couch in her apartment was shot through a wall after her neighbor accidentally fired his gun while cleaning it. The woman was taken to the hospital after Tuesday night's shooting with what police described as a minor injury. Police...

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...

25 Kids Under 5 Have Shot Someone This Year
25 Kids Under 5 Have Shot Someone This Year
analysis

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...

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,...

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...

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