Recent Accidental Shootings


SOUTH BEND — An Indianapolis woman remained hospitalized Wednesday morning after an accidental shooting, one of five incidents involving guns to which police responded from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning.

The first, a shooting of a pregnant woman in the 400 block of Tyler, is being called accidental. Police believe Lisa Washington, of Indianapolis, was shot Tuesday afternoon by a boyfriend who was showing off a large-caliber handgun.

As of this morning, Washington was still at Memorial Hospital listed in serious condition. Her boyfriend, who fled the scene after the shooting, has not been found by police.

In a second shooting, a 35-year-old man was wounded in the leg outside an apartment building at 400 Eastview St. at about 12:40 a.m. Wednesday.

From the AP

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A US Airways pilot whose gun fired inside a cockpit said he was trying to stow the weapon as the crew got ready to land, according to a police report released Wednesday.

The pilot didn’t tell air traffic control about the shooting or say the bullet had punctured the cockpit until after the plane landed safely at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Saturday, the report said. Photos obtained by The Associated Press show a small exit hole on the plane’s exterior below the cockpit window.

US Airways Tower Supervisor Nathan Gundlach told police that when he arrived the pilot was on the phone with the Transportation Security Administration. Gundlach contacted US Airways about the in-flight shooting, but police were not notified until an hour later.

“When I questioned Mr. Gundlach about the delay in airport police being notified, Mr.

From the Indy Star:

Police arrested one person in connection with an accidental shooting on the Far Southside on Wednesday afternoon.

Indianapolis metropolitan police said a handgun discharged when three young men were playing with it, and one of the men was wounded.

The men first said the shot had been fired by a stranger, then later admitted they had been playing with the firearm, according to Sgt. Paul Thompson, police spokesman.

From the Charlotte Observer:

A 15-year-old boy fatally shot his 17-year-old brother Tuesday in Concord, but investigators believe the shooting was accidental, police said. Christopher Michael Howard, 17, who lived in the 200 block of Meisenheimer Drive NW, died after he was shot while at his house around 11:45 a.m., Concord police said.Investigators haven’t released details about how the shooting occurred. They took the 15-year-old into custody and interviewed him. He was released Tuesday afternoon. Police said they are still investigating.


MIDLAND — Midland County sheriff’s deputies were investigating the accidental shooting death of a 48-year-old Midland man.

Michael W. Laursen was alone at the outdoor range of the Midland Sportsman’s Club in Larkin Township when he slipped and fell to the ground, and the handgun he was carrying fired, fatally wounding him, deputies said.

Laursen, a financial adviser for Hantz Financial Services, 2621 W. Wackerly in Midland, was carrying a .454-caliber Freedom Arms Model 83 Casull revolver when he fell. He also had two other handguns with him, said Sheriff Jerry Nielsen.

From Tulsa World:

An 18-year-old man is in critical condition after he was apparently accidentally shot by his brother.

The shooting happened about 1 p.m. at 816 N. Irvington Ave, Officer Leland Ashley said.

The teen was transported to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his lower leg.

Ashley said that preliminary information indicates that the 16-year-old accidentally shot him with a rifle. The boys told police that the rifle is not typically loaded, Ashley said.


An Emporia man is dead after a shooting that occurred in Lyon County late Friday night.

Lyon County Sheriffs and ambulance service responded to a shooting on the 1400 block of East Logan Avenue around 10PM. When they arrived they found 50-year-old Alfonso Barajas with a gunshot wound.

Our radio partner KVOE is reporting that Lyon County Sheriff Gary Eichorn says he will ask that formal involuntary charges be filed against a man they have in custody in the accidental shooting death of 50-year-old0-Aonso Brajas.

Barajas was transported to Newman Regional Health Center where he was pronounced dead.

From The Journal Press:

Colonial Beach Police want to clear up the rumors surrounding last week’s accidental shooting on second street involving two teenage males one aged 15 and one aged 16. According to Lt. Blevins Sr. the police department received a call on Monday, March 10 at 8:30 that a juvenile had been shot. Blevins, Sr. says that the wound was not life threatening but that they did not know it at the time.

A 16 year-old male discharged a weapon and shot a 15 year-old male. The wounded boy was taken by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital, treated and released on the same evening. The police department cannot yet verify exactly to whom the gun belongs, but can say with certainty that it is not a stolen weapon. Blevins, Sr. says that a ballistic check will also be run to verify that the gun was not used in the commission of a crime.

There are possible charges pending against the 16-year old boy such as “Reckless Handling of a Firearm.” However, Blevins, Sr. says, “We’ve got to determine where the gun came from.”


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of a 6-year-old Memphis boy.

Police say 19-year-old Jerome Black was the owner of a revolver that ended up in the hands of two young boys.

The boys were scuffling over the gun Monday morning when it went off, striking Charlris Fleming Jr. in the eye. He later died at a hospital.

Police said Black was one of three adults home at the apartment at the time, but they were not in the same room.

From Tulsa World:

A Tulsa man whose teenage
son nearly died in an accidental shooting last week has a message for parents.

“If you have guns, keep them locked up, because it (an accidental shooting) can happen to anybody,” Dean Cooper Jr. said.

Cooper’s two sons, Chase and Levi, were showing their grandfather’s guns to friends Thursday at their home at 816. N. Irvington Ave.

Levi Cooper, 16, was holding his grandfather’s assault rifle when he accidently squeezed the trigger while the gun was aimed toward Chase Cooper, 18. The bullet went through Chase’s left thumb and entered his groin near his left leg, Cooper said. Levi quickly called 911, and Chase was taken by ambulance to St. John Medical Center, Cooper said.

From the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal:

TUPELO – An accidental shooting has left one man still in extremely critical condition, according to police.

Dustin Reese, 24, of Tupelo was shot in the head when a gun he and some others were playing with accidentally went off, according to police Capt. Bart Aguirre.


A sixteen year old boy is recovering at a Pierre hospital after he was accidentally shot by a friend.

It happened in Presho Friday night.

Authorities say two sixteen-year-old boys were were taking pictures of each other holding guns when the pistol accidentally went off.

One of the boys was shot in the abdomen.


The Hays County Commissioners court may weigh in on a gun ordinance instituted after a 7 year-old-boy was accidentally shot and killed.

The commissioners will consider whether to ban shooting on lots smaller than two acres.

A citizens committee has been working on a recommendation since last June, when 7-year-old Daniel Galicia was killed in an accidental shooting.

He was jumping on a trampoline with other children when he was hit in the neck with a stray bullet.

The boy’s neighbor, Jose Espitia, was target shooting on his property.

From The Jackson Citizen Patriot:

Police are now investigating the Saturday death of a Jackson High School freshman as an accidental shooting.

“We don’t believe the victim shot himself,” Jackson Police Lt. Aaron Kantor said. “We are focusing on this being an accidental shooting, but nothing is definitive.”

Charles “DJ” Claybrook, 14, died early Saturday of a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Initially, police said they had not determined whether Claybrook accidentally shot himself or someone else intentionally or accidentally shot him inside a house at 616 Gilbert St.


DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating a reportedly accidental shooting at a South Florida gun club.

A Broward Sheriff’s spokeswoman says authorities took a call yesterday afternoon saying a man accidentally shot himself.

The spokeswoman says the man was unresponsive when paramedics arrived and was pronounced dead at the scene.


A Van Buren teen is recovering in a Fort Smith hospital following what police said was an accidental shooting Sunday.

Cameron Coker, 18, was transported to St. Edward Mercy Medical Center after his brother-in-law unintentionally fired a 9-mm pistol at Coker, Van Buren police Lt. Brent Grill said Tuesday. The bullet hit Coker on the left side of his body and exited out the back, causing potentially life-threatening injuries, according to Grill.


Clovis Police say the deaths of a couple, found inside their garage, is the result of an accidental shooting, and suicide.

82-year-old Felix Probandt and his 59-year- old wife, Janet Probandt were found shot to death at their Clovis home last week.

Clovis police say the husband and wife were cleaning a rifle in their garage, when it accidentally went off, shooting Janet Probandt in the upper body. She later died from her wounds.

Felix Probandt then called police for help, telling them what happened. Police say the grief-stricken husband, took his own life.


SALISBURY, Md.- Police arrested a man on Wednesday for discharging a semi-automatic handgun inside a business in February.

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office say they responded to Robinson’s Clock Shop located in the Court Plaza Shopping Center in Salisbury on Feb. 5, 2008 for a report of shots being fired in the establishment.

Investigators say it was determined that the owner, John Robinson Sr., had discharged a handgun inside the business.

According to police, Robinson had the gun pointed towards the floor while he was in the process of clearing the weapon. Police say it was during this clearing process that the gun went off due to a round being chambered.

Daily Dose of Ingersoll


How many millions of Christians are now armed and equipped to
destroy their fellow-Christians? Who are the men in Europe crying
against war? Who wishes to have the nations disarmed? Is it the
church? No; the men who do not believe in what they call this
religion of peace. When there is a war, and when they make a few
thousand widows and orphans; when they strew the plain with dead
patriots, Christians assemble in their churches and sing “Te Deum
Laudamus.” Why? Because he has enabled a few of his children to
kill some others of his children. This is the religion of peace —
the religion that invented the Krupp gun, that will hurl a ball
weighing two thousand pounds through twenty-four inches of solid
steel. This is the religion of peace that covers the sea with men-
of-war, clad in mail, in the name of universal forgiveness. This is
the religion that drills and uniforms five millions of men to kill
their fellows.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Orthodoxy”(1884)