LOTS more of our fellow travelers are packing for the airport, so to speak. So far this year (as of the end of last week), the Transportation Security Administration has found 892 guns in passengers’ carry-on bags at security checkpoints. That’s a 19 percent increase from the comparable period of last year, when the total was 750 guns.So, yeah. We're running nearly 20 percent above the record-breaking pace of last year, and the number of handheld instant death machines allegedly forgotten entirely by their carriers has nearly tripled since 2005, when the TSA first started keeping count. I wonder why?
The 2013 gun-tote tally was a record, at 1,813 firearms found, incidentally. As this year’s gun haul keeps rolling along, a one-day record was set just last Wednesday, when screeners found 18 guns, which beat the previous one-day record of 13 guns on May 20, 2013. About 80 percent of all guns found are loaded.
Other than that, it was a relatively quiet week, and "no news is good news" when it comes to GunFAIL. While there's never really going to be no news, this one was, mercifully, on the slow side. Keep in mind that by "slow," we mean that only 12 people accidentally shot themselves, only four law enforcement officers (including a firearms instructor) were accidentally shot, only three people accidentally discharged their guns while cleaning them, and only one person accidentally Second Amendmented their neighbor's home. And just eight kids were accidentally shot last week, too, though the toll included seasonal tragedies like graduation party shootings, the numbers of which might be expected to tick upward in the next couple of weeks. This week's child victims were aged 23 months, 3, 10, 13, 15, 15, 17 and 17.
The standout stories of the week included the Moscow, ID, man who fell down the stairs at home while carrying a gun and accidentally shot himself, and the Meigs County, TN, man who accidentally shot himself while driving. Both died of their injuries. And the man in Cornwall, NY, who accidentally shot his wife while demonstrating what I'm sure he intended to be the proper use of a firearm. It just didn't work out as intended, which really has always been the entire point of this series from the very beginning. Also of note, the Bradenton, FL, man who, showing off the newest accessory for his pistol (a mounted flashlight, culprit in more than a few accidental shootings), accidentally shot his roommate in the head. UPDATE: I somehow missed this the first time around, but apparently the incident from Cornwall, NY this week also involved a tactical light. Amazing.
But the story that probably got the most attention last week thankfully involved no shooting at all. Just bad timing. A loaded gun was found in the toy aisle of a Target store in Myrtle Beach, SC, right smack in the middle of the publicity generated by the Open Carry Texas long gun-toting visit to one of their local Target stores.
All those stories and more, in the latest list, below the fold.
- STREATOR, IL, 3/01/14: was sentenced Thursday to 5 years in prison on a firearms charge. Marcus Blodgett, 23, of 718 14th Ave., Clinton, Iowa pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and was sentenced to the maximum 5 years. Blodgett was charged March 1 after Streator police located 19-year-old Christopher John Smith of Clinton, Iowa with “life-threatening” injuries sustained from a gunshot wound. Smith survived, and Blodgett never was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm or any other charge indicating an intent to injure or kill. Attorneys subsequently revealed the shot was fired recklessly or during horseplay.
- BELFAST, NY, 3/14/14: A Belfast man who suffered both an accidental shooting and stroke within a day in March is undergoing rehabilitation in Rochester. Meanwhile, a benefit is set for Saturday to help him and his family meet medical expenses. The benefit will take place at the Belfast Fire Hall. It will be from noon to 8 PM Saturday, said Rick Jozwiak, Wuersig's friend. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Eric Wuersig was at home on the evening of March 14 when he was accidentally shot in the stomach. He was flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial in Rochester. “As far as the gunshot, that was all just a matter of a small pistol falling from a gun safe and discharging,” Jozwiak said. “He was in the safe looking for something. She (Lisa Wuersig) and her mother were there at the time. Even after he was shot, he was walking and talking. He walked to the ambulance. He was still talking when they put him on Mercy Flight.” “The stroke just compounded everything,” he said. “Everything from the accident to the stroke was a total surprise of his friends and family. There was no way to definitively say whether it was the result of the gunshot wound ... or if it was independent.”
- TEXARKANA, TX, 5/01/14: Henry Milligan accidentally shot himself in the face while cleaning his gun. Despite his injuries, he tried to tell 911 dispatchers what was wrong and where he was. "A shell got jammed in the gun and whenever I went to set it down it went off and it got me in the face," Milligan said. Henry has been temporarily released from University Health Shreveport. During his five-week stay in the hospital, he has undergone multiple surgeries to reconstruct his face. "They have taken out his frontal sinus," said Henry's mother Angela Milligan. Doctors have reconstructed the orbits of his eyes and put in metal plates for his jaw bones. "The first time I seen my son his face was pretty much gone," said Henry's father Wayne Milligan. "Like I said it has been amazing what God has done." The accident happened as Henry was preparing for a weekend of recreation shooting with his father. "My son has been raised around guns," Wayne said. "I would like to get it out there that this could happen to anybody."
- LEMOYNE, PA, 5/09/14: An Elizabethtown man faces charges after an accidental shooting in Lemoyne in May. Derek L. Olson, 21, was arrested and charged June 5 with felony firearms not to be carried without a license and misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person after an incident in the 500 block of Bosler Avenue on May 9. West Shore Regional Police said the incident occurred at 7:44 PM, and responding officers found a 15-year-old boy inside a home with a gunshot wound. The boy was taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center via Life Lion. He was treated and released, expecting to recover, police said. Police said Olson admitted to carrying a firearm without a license and unintentionally shooting the boy, who was a friend of his. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Elizabeth Beckley on Thursday and bail was set at $5,000. Bail was posted and he was released. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 18 before Beckley.
- COLUMBIA, SC, 5/18/14: Columbia Police have arrested a suspect in a shooting that left one man dead early Sunday morning at the 7400 block of Garners Ferry Road. Columbia Police say Nicholas Reed Moses,19, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and unlawful carrying of a pistol. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has identified the victim at Shamoray Antonio Robinson, 18, of Columbia. According to authorities, Moses and the Robinson attended a party with several other people before the shooting. During the party, an argument occurred between Moses and a unidentified third party. They say due to the fight, the Richland County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene where they shut down the party and dispersed the attendees. The victim then drove Moses and other individuals from the party. Officers report that the unidentified third party pulled up alongside the victim's vehicle while they were traveling along Garners Ferry Road and began arguing with Moses. Investigators say that during the argument Moses allegedly pulled out a firearm causing it to discharge, unintentionally striking Robinson who was driving. Columbia Police responded shortly after and found the victim unresponsive in the roadway beside his vehicle at 7424 Garners Ferry Road. EMS pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
- LONG BEACH, CA, 5/26/14: The LA County Sheriff’s Department revealed Thursday that a deputy shot and wounded last month during the fatal takedown of a suspect in Compton was shot accidentally by his partner. The shooting occurred on May 26, 2014 at 69th Way and Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach. Investigators said that deputies confronted a male suspect in his twenties when a struggle ensued. The suspect ran northbound from the initial location. Deputies said a second struggle occurred when they caught up to the suspect a second time. During the struggle, the man allegedly tried to take one of the deputy’s guns. This resulted in both deputies firing their weapons at the suspect, who, they said was also armed with his own hand gun. The suspect was struck by their gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene. During the struggle, one of the deputies was shot once in torso. The deputy was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. He is now recovering at home, according to the LASD.
- GULF SHORES, AL, 5/27/14: Sources tell FOX10 News Phillip Jones, the brother of Atlanta Falcons receiver and former Alabama star Julio Jones, was the victim of a shooting that happened in Gulf Shores on Tuesday, May 27. According to a relative, Jones’ arm had to be removed due to injuries sustained from the gunshot wound. A woman who was at the home spoke with Fox10 News and said she was sitting on the porch with Jones and Sutton Tuesday night. “He (Jones) and I were fussing and then Mr. Sutton said stop and the gun went off accidentally. He didn’t mean for the gun to go off. It was a shotgun,” the woman explained who asked we not reveal her identity. This is the second shooting within a week involving brothers of the two Atlanta Falcon starting wide receiver duo, Julio Jones and Roddy White.
- RALEIGH, NC, 5/29/14: A Raleigh police officer shot another officer and a fire extinguisher during a confrontation with a reportedly intoxicated man last week, according to a report released Thursday by the Raleigh Police Department. Officers came to an apartment complex on Colbert Creek Loop early May 29 to answer a complaint that a man named Joshua Timberlake was fighting with his girlfriend. A 911 caller reported that Timberlake had pulled out a gun and waved it over his head while cursing and challenging the caller, who had sought to intervene. Thursday’s report gave the following account of what happened next: A sergeant and two officers knocked on Timberlake’s door about 2 AM. One officer left to check the back of the building, leaving Sgt. J.D. Malzahn and Officer K.J. Barefoot at the door. Soon after, the door suddenly “flew open,” and Timberlake pointed a handgun out the door and into the breezeway, sweeping it from side to side. Malzahn and Barefoot backed away, identifying themselves as police and ordering Timberlake to drop the weapon. Timberlake continued to sweep the gun, at one point aiming it directly at Malzahn, who drew his own weapon. Malzahn fired twice in Timberlake’s direction; one round hit a fire extinguisher, spraying powder through the breezeway, while another struck Barefoot in his left hip.
- SAN LEANDRO, CA, 5/31/14: About 5 PM on May 31, San Leandro officers responded to Bayfair Center for a report of 80-100 rowdy teens in the food court, challenging and intimidating mall patrons. No crime was committed there, McManus said, but the group was asked to leave the property by security and police. The mall, he said, has a policy that prohibits groups greater than five from hanging out unless they are accompanied by a parent. The teens left the property, went to the Bayfair BART station and for the next five hours, San Leandro and BART police attempted to disperse the crowd, McManus said. During that period, one of the teens who had a handgun accidentally shot himself, McManus said. The teen shot himself in the foot while crossing a pedestrian bridge near the station just after 8 PM, said BART Lt. Michael Hayes. He was taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released and then arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm while on probation.
- MYRTLE BEACH, SC, 5/31/14: A real gun was found in the toy aisle of Target on Seaboard Street. The police report states a loss prevention worker stumbled upon the gun Friday night. The gun was in plain view on top of a superhero Playskool toy box when the worker found it; he thought it was a toy. He realized it was real after seeing it was loaded with live ammo. The fact that it was found in an aisle geared toward children makes some shoppers feel this was no accident. "I don't think someone would accidentally drop off a gun. I think he purposely left it there for a child to pick up and think, 'Oh it's a toy gun,' and accidentally point it at somebody and it goes off," says Kennedy McClain. The police report mentions there was a suspicious male walking up and down each toy aisle, including the aisle the gun was found. Target will be releasing that surveillance video to police.
- NEW ORLEANS, LA, 6/01/14: New Orleans police on Sunday night were summoned to Slidell Memorial Hospital, where a 10-year-old boy reportedly was being treated for a self-inflicted but accidental gunshot wound to one of his hands. The NOPD provided no details on the shooting, but the incident was confirmed by Slidell Police, who first were called to the hospital after the boy's arrival sometime around 6 PM. The case shifted to NOPD detectives after it was determined the gun was fired within Orleans Parish boundaries. The incident was classified as a "negligent injury," according to officers at the hospital. It was not immediately known whether an arrest was made in connection with the incident. Initial police radio reports indicated the gun was fired inside a car traveling on eastbound Interstate-10, and that a search for the weapon was underway because it was tossed from the car by the victim's grandmother. Those details could not be confirmed Sunday night by a department spokesman.
- HOQUIAM, WA, 6/01/14: Police are investigating after a 5-year-old boy shot at a man with his parents' .38 special handgun Sunday. The man was not hit. The incident unfolded at about 3 PM. in the 600 block of K Street as the 5-year-old watched several other small boys in the neighborhood playing with toy guns in a nearby yard. He wanted to play along so he went into his home and found his parents' loaded revolver. Meanwhile, a 21-year-old Aberdeen man was walking by when he saw the boys playing with their toy guns. As the man continued to walk past he saw the 5-year-old boy with what he thought was a squirt gun, said Chief Jeff Myers of the Hoquiam police. The man watched the boy point the gun at the other children and then at him as he was about half a block away. The boy fired the gun once in the man's direction, at which point he realized the pistol was a real gun. The man told police he had to move his leg to avoid being struck by the bullet. The boy immediately dropped the gun and ran back into his home. Officers arrived and determined that the boy had taken his parents' handgun from inside the home. The parents cooperated with police and turned over the weapon, a .38 special revolver. Officers searched the area but were unable to determine where the fired bullet had landed. “It is very clear this was a situation within inches of being tragic," said Myers. "It is a good reminder to secure firearms at all times from the hands of children.”
- MONTICELLO, AR, 6/01/14: Monticello police were quick to respond to the scene of a shooting Sunday evening in the 500 block of Lincoln Court. According to Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton, late Tuesday afternoon 19-year-old Harold Goffin III was officially charged with manslaughter, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault after the incident led to the death of 20-year-old D’Angelo Martin. “The call came into the department at approximately 6:20 PM June 1,” Deaton explained. “When officers arrived on the scene they found the victim (Martin) with a gunshot wound to the head.” Martin was immediately transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff before being transported by Med-Flight to UAMS in Little Rock, where he died the next morning. According to Deaton, the shooting appears to have been an accidental one. However, evidence and samples were collected at the scene and will be sent to the state crime lab for further inspection. At this time no trial date has been set in the case.
- RICHMOND, VA, 6/01/14: The person who shot a 23-month-old girl in Richmond’s Hillside Court neighborhood on Sunday night, June 1, surrendered himself to police, confirmed a high-ranking police source, and a family member. The male who surrendered is a felon with unrelated warrants on file. He turned himself in Thursday afternoon with his lawyer. This shooting was accidental, according to the suspect. He told police he was playing with the gun when it discharged. The male is not related to the child. The child was shot Sunday night, about 10:30 PM, along the 1400 block of Harwood Street.
- HUMBLE, TX, 6/01/14: A 17-year-old man taken in for questioning over a body found in Fifth Ward has been charged in two other deaths, court records show. Anthony Jamerson, of Houston, is charged with two counts of capital murder. He appeared before a judge in probable cause court early Friday morning. The judge denied bond for Jamerson. Police said the teen is accused in two recent fatal shootings, and he’s being questioned about an 18-year-old man who police found dead in a vehicle in Fifth Ward on Wednesday. Jamerson is also accused in Sunday's shooting of a Phillips 66 store clerk near Humble. Two men entered the gas station and opened fire, shooting and killing 58-year-old Satish Patel. Police said Jamerson was injured during the robbery at the gas station when his pistol accidentally went off, shooting one of his fingers. In court on Friday, prosecutors said witness statements and surveillance video helped lead them to Jamerson. It’s believed he carried out Sunday’s gas station robbery with Jaylen Townsel, the teen who was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon.
- LAS VEGAS, NV, 6/01/14: A Las Vegas man is under arrest and facing charges of attempted murder in the shooting of his girlfriend. According to Metro Police, 36-year-old Roberto Ramirez was arrested after he called police claiming his girlfriend, 27-year-old Jessica Smalls, tried to kill herself. Officers were called to the couple’s home near Craig Road and Tenaya Way at around 6 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they found Ramirez outside the home with blood on his hands and arms. He told police that Smalls had shot herself. Officers found Smalls in one of the bedrooms, and she was covered in blood. She was still breathing and was able to ask for help. Police say the entry wound for the bullet was just to the right of her chin, and the round was lodged behind one of her vertebrae. At first, the suspect told police that he was downstairs when Smalls shot herself. However, during a second interview with police, Ramirez said he had accidentally shot her during an argument. Polices say evidence at the scene, including blood on the gun and no burn marks or stippling patterns on the victim, which are common when someone shoots themselves, show that Ramirez pulled the trigger.
- JOPLIN, MO, 6/02/14: A three year old is dead after an accidental shooting in Joplin this morning. Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says a three year old girl was shot with a legally obtained handgun at a home in the Bykota Trailer Park. At this time, the sheriff believes a six year old in the home was able to access the gun and accidentally discharged the weapon, killing the three year old. UPDATE: Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges says based on the autopsy of Miranda [Doerr], she did not accidentally shoot herself. Her six-year-old brother accidentally shot Miranda.
- OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 6/02/14: Authorities are investigating a possible accidental shooting at the Oklahoma Sheriff's Office gun range. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that at least one person was shot. Authorities were investigating if a second person was also shot. According to the OHP, Oklahoma Highway Patrol cadets were on the gun range at the time of the shooting. The report came in around 3:45 PM. EMSA has transported one patient in good condition, but did not report what the person's injuries were. A second person was transported to the hospital by police cruiser. MORE: The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a firearms instructor and a cadet were accidentally shot. One was shot in the hand and the other in the leg.
- COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, 6/02/14: Multiple agencies are investigating a reported shooting near a tunnel on Gold Camp Road. A 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound was taken to the hospital via Flight For Life. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office, who along with Springs police is investigating the incident, tells 11 News the shooting is believed to be accidental. At this time, details are limited; authorities say it happened just before 8 PM Monday near tunnel 2, which is not far from the parking lot at the junction of Gold Camp Road, High Drive and Cheyenne Canon. It's not clear if the man accidentally shot himself or if someone accidentally shot him.
- MINOT, ND, 6/02/14: Minot police say a 27-year-old man sustained minor injuries after he shot himself in the leg with firearm. The man told police that he was in the process of cleaning the gun early Monday morning. Police say the man was attempting to disassemble the gun and pulled the trigger, sending a bullet into his leg. Police say the man was treated at a local hospital. Authorities say they have sent the case to prosecutors for review of possible charges.
- TOLEDO, OH, 6/02/14: A 71-year-old Toledo man was setting a mole trap using a 12-gauge shotgun shell when the trap accidentally discharged and hit his hand, according to the fire chief for the Toledo Fire Department. Medics responded to the 500 block of Collins Road at about 4:25 PM Monday.
- BLUFFTON, IN, 6/03/14: The Bluffton Police Department is investigating an accidental shooting where a 13-year-old was shot in the head. According to police, the boy was found outside a mobile home around 11:55 AM at 620 1/2 Beth Ave. in Bluffton. Three other minors were present at the time of the shooting. The 13-year-old boy was transported by helicopter to a Fort Wayne Hospital. UPDATE: According to the Bluffton Police department, the teen that was shot in his head June 3 lost one of his eyes. The teen is currently in the hospital undergoing evaluations to see if he suffered brain damage from the incident. When first reported, the Bluffton Police Department, said the bullet did not hit any vital areas of his brain. Police said he was “lucky to be alive.”
- ROOSEVELT, UT, 6/04/14: A man was injured early Wednesday morning when a gun discharged during a domestic dispute, investigators said. Deputies were called about 12:30 AM to a house near 3000 North and 3000 West in the Hancock Cove area west of Roosevelt, Duchesne County Sheriff's Chief Deputy David Boren said. When deputies arrived, they found William Johnny Arnold, 50, with a gunshot wound to the right calf, Boren said. Investigators learned that Arnold and Teann Taylor had been drinking when a verbal dispute began. The fight escalated and Taylor, 53, retrieved a pistol, Boren said. As the fight continued, Arnold began "breaking up the house," the chief deputy said. The argument continued outside, where Taylor fired two shots in the air, according to investigators. Arnold and Taylor then began to wrestle for control of the gun when it discharged, Boren said, and Arnold was wounded. Arnold was treated at Uintah Basin Medical Center and later released. Taylor was booked into the Duchesne County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault. Court records show Taylor sought a protective order against Arnold in July 2012. The request was granted one month later and the protective order is still in place, according to court records.
- COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, UT, 6/04/14: A 17-year-old Cottonwood Heights boy is dead after being shot in the head by another teen who apparently thought the stolen handgun he was showing off was unloaded. Cottonwood Heights police said the victim and other teens were celebrating the end of the school year when the shooting occurred at a home near 6800 South and Pine Rock Drive, about 10:30 PM Wednesday. In all, five teens, believed to be students at Brighton High School, were attending the downstairs party. The parents reportedly were upstairs when the shooting took place. Two 16-year-old boys were arrested. The were being held in a juvenile detention facility Thursday pending charges likely to include negligent homicide, Lt. Todd Askerlund said. The gun was believed to have been taken during a one of a rash of residential burglaries in the Cottonwood Heights area, police said. The name of the victim was being withheld pending notification of family.
- SAN BERNARDINO, CA, 6/04/14: A man cleaning his gun accidentally shot a woman Wednesday evening, police said. Officers were called to a home where the shooting occurred in the 1600 block of West Alturas Street about 8:15 PM, according to police Lt. Dario Robinson. The woman, who was shot in the arm, was expected to survive, Robinson said, adding no one was arrested.
- MEIGS CO., TN, 6/04/14: The Meigs County Sheriff's Office confirms a man accidentally shot and killed himself while driving his car Wednesday afternoon. They say James "Tony" McKenzie had a carry permit and his family says he always kept a gun on him. He was driving north on Highway 58 around 3:30 PM when somehow the gun went off shooting him in the upper leg. He pulled over on the side of the road and witnesses called 911, but he died of blood loss before emergency responders arrived. Detectives say it was a freak accident and have ruled out suicide.
- SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP, PA, 6/04/14: A shooting in the 400 block of Alden Street late Wednesday night was the result of a man accidentally firing a handgun into his brother's leg, police said. Khalif Williams, 20, was sitting in the kitchen with his brother, Naim Williams, whose age was unknown as of this time, when Naim picked up a .40 calbier Sig Sauer pistol and pointed it at Khalif's leg, according to Robert Martin, township public safety director. "[Naim] pulled the trigger not thinking the gun would actually go off," Martin wrote in an email reply to PennLive's questions Thursday. "The gun did go off as there was a round chambered, striking Khalif in the right thigh." When police arrived at 9:42 PM Khalif's mother was attempting to treat her son's injury in front of the house, Martin said. Emergency medical personnel took Khalif to Hershey Medical Center, where he was treated and kept overnight as a precaution. Khalif was awake, alert and conscious when police and medical personnel arrived and his injuries were deemed not to be life-threatening, police said. The bullet passed clean through Khalif's leg and police recovered the shell casing and the bullet in the house, according to police. No charges were filed as of Thursday afternoon.
- ELLSWORTH, KS, 6/05/14: A man was injured Thursday morning when he was accidentally shot with a .22-caliber firearm, said Tracy Ploutz, Ellsworth County Sheriff. He identified the injured man as John Beauchamp, 35, who lives in Ellsworth County. Staff at Ellsworth County Medical Center alerted the sheriff's office of the shooting, which is required, Ploutz said. "We don't have any reason to believe that it was anything other than an accidental discharge," the sheriff said. Ploutz didn't give any indication of how the gun happened to discharge. Ploutz said he was not sure whether Beauchamp was treated at the Ellsworth hospital, admitted, or taken to another hospital. The sheriff said Beauchamp's injury was not life-threatening.
- LAROSE, LA, 6/05/14: A Galliano man was arrested Friday in the shooting death of a South Lafourche High School student. Neely Gardner, 19, was booked with negligent homicide in the death of 15-year-old Braxton Bourda. Police said Gardner confessed to his involvement after turning himself in to authorities Friday at 1:15 AM. The shooting was reported Thursday at 2:45 PM. in the 100 block of East 23rd Street in Larose. Bourda was discovered lying on the side of the road with a gunshot wound to the face. Witnesses told police that multiple subjects dragged Bourda from the middle of the street to the roadside before fleeing the scene on foot. During questioning, Gardner told detectives that he found a gun on the ground near a house and was trying to unload it when it accidentally fired one round, striking Bourda in the face. Gardner is jailed pending a bond hearing.
- MOSCOW, ID, 6/05/14: A Moscow man died on Thursday after accidentally shooting himself. The Latah County Sheriff's Office said in a press release sent out on Friday that deputies responded to a home on Cameron Road after the man's wife came home and found him dead at the bottom of a stairway. After an investigation by detectives from both the Sheriff's Office and the Idaho State Police, it was determined that 66-year-old Michael J. Snow had been walking down the stairs to the basement of his house while carrying two rifles and a pistol. Detectives say Snow fell down the stairs and the .22 caliber gun he was carry discharged and hit him in the chest. He was home alone at the time and died from his injuries.
- MANCHESTER, NH, 6/05/14: Police said a city teen accidentally shot himself in the foot Thursday morning during an argument with another person in the area of 499 Belmont St. Todd Bernatchez, 19, was transported to the Elliot Hospital, where he will likely require surgery for the injury. Police said Bernatchez apparently discharged the firearm accidentally during a verbal argument shortly before 11 AM. He will be charged with a felony of reckless conduct and a misdemeanor of carrying a firearm without a license once he is medically cleared.
- ERIE, PA, 6/05/14: An Erie man accidentally shot himself in the left thigh Thursday while mishandling a .22 caliber handgun at his residence. State police were contacted after the 26-year-old victim, whose name was not released, arrived at UPMC Hamot with the gunshot wound. The victim originally told authorities he was shot while at the State Game Lands shooting range, 10600 Sampson Road, police said. He later said he was shot at his residence near the intersection of East 32nd Street and Pine Avenue. No charges have yet been filed.
- BURLINGTON, VT, 6/06/14: The Burlington Police Department responded to a report of a gun being discharged into an adjacent apartment located on Maple Street Thursday night. The incident happened at around 11:45 PM. Police say Alexander Hogan, 23, was clearing his 9mm handgun inside his living room of his first floor apartment. While cleaning the gun, Hogan pointed it toward the ceiling when it accidentally discharged. The round traveled through the floor and into the ceiling of the apartment directly above Hogan's apartment. Police say no one was injured, but the round traveled close to upstairs residents. After searching Hogan's apartment, police found an ounce of marijuana, a marijuana plant, and other drug paraphernalia. Hogan is charged with reckless endangerment and possession of marijuana.
- WOODBURN, OR, 6/06/14: Paramedics flew a man who accidentally shot himself to a Portland trauma hospital, officials confirmed. A spokesperson with the Woodburn Police Department confirmed the incident occurred early Friday morning, but could not release any additional information. The victim was able to call for help, police said. His name, age and address has not been released. A representative with Life Flight confirmed the man was transported to Oregon Health & Science University. The man’s condition has also not been released.
- VINCENNES, IN, 6/06/14: A Vincennes woman is in serious condition after suffering a single gun shot wound to the face. Vincennes Police Department responded just after noon to 602 N 2nd Apt. 1 in Vincennes to reports of a shooting. Responders found a female suffering from a single gun shot wound to the face. She was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital and later flown to Methodist Hospital. Vincennes Police conducted an investigation into the shooting and later concluded that the shooting was accidental.
- CORNWALL, NY, 6/06/14: Town of Cornwall police say a 35-year-old woman was shot in the leg accidentally Friday night when her husband was demonstrating the operation of a handgun. Police said the shooting occurred about 9:15 PM in the Mountainville section when the husband, 46, was demonstrating the use of a tactical light on the gun and the weapon discharged. Police said the wife suffered a gunshot wound in the upper right thigh. She was taken to Westchester Medical Center by helicopter. The incident was still under investigation Saturday.
- HAGERSTOWN, MD, 6/06/14: A loaded handgun was found by two boys in the Washington Gardens apartment complex off Security Road in Hagerstown late Friday morning, city police said. Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Security Road just before noon after the property manager reported the incident to police, according to a Hagerstown Police Department news release. The gun was found in a row of bushes on the property. After taking officers to where they found the weapon, the boys told police that one of them pointed the gun at the ground and fired one round, authorities said. The juveniles took the gun home, and the sister of one of the boys then took it to the property manager, police said. A check of the gun revealed it was "reported lost with another agency," police said in the release. No further details were provided indicating which agency reported the weapon lost. The investigation is continuing.
- BRADENTON, FL, 6/07/14: Deputies in Manatee County are investigating an accidental shooting that has left one man dead. It happened at a home on 50th Ave. W. in Bradenton Saturday. Deputies say Kyle Guessford was in his room checking out new accessories he had just purchased for his pistol. Kyle came out of his room carrying his gun. As he entered the living room area, the gun fired. A bullet struck his roommate, Austin Brunson in the head. Brunson was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies say there was no fighting or arguing before the incident happened.