October 14, 2013 edition
Highspire, Penn. -- A 28-year-old man is dead after he accidentally shot himself in the upper leg while a passenger in a car about midnight on Thursday.
Reno, Nev. -- About 3 p.m. last Monday, a 6-year-old girl was found drowned in a bathtub and her 46-year-old father was discovered dead in a garage from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in what police are calling a murder-suicide. They believe the father called emergency dispatch to report the drowning before killing himself. He left behind a note.
North Las Vegas, Nev. -- A 67-year-old man got into an argument with his 23-year-old wife at a home and then chased her outside where he opened fire with a gun and left her bleeding in a neighbor’s yard before using the weapon to kill himself after police arrived at the scene. The woman was expected to recover.
Lakeland, Fla. -- A 73-year-old man shot and killed a 72-year-old woman before using the gun to kill himself on Friday. Friends and relatives said the woman recently ended a relationship with the man, although she wanted to remain acquaintances and help him with his health concerns.
Taylor, S.C. -- A 64-year-old woman died from a gunshot wound to the head and her 80-year-old husband died from self-inflicted asphyxiation in what police are calling a murder-suicide. Both had health problems and police believe the incident was caused by the man’s concerned that if something was to happen to him, his ailing wife would have difficulty taking care of herself.
Oxford, Ala. -- A 50-year-old man and his 49-year-old wife were found fatally shot on Tuesday in what police are calling a murder-suicide. No word yet on who fired the shots.
Rosemount, Minn. -- A 31-year-old woman shot her 32-year-old husband multiple times, killing him, before using the gun to kill herself at their apartment on Tuesday.
Orange County, Fla. -- A 33-year-old woman was accidentally shot to death in the front yard of a home by her boyfriend about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Orlando, Fla. --A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in both legs after he found a gun in his father’s bedroom Tuesday. The child was listed in stable condition.
Rochester, N.Y. -- A six-year-old boy was accidentally shot about 7 p.m. last Sunday. Police said the wound was in his lower body and that he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Seminole County, Fla. -- A 19-year-old man playing with a handgun accidentally shot his friend, an 18-year-old male, in the chest about 1:15 p.m. last Monday. The shooter thought the weapon was unloaded. The victim was listed in stable condition and expected to recover.
Ogden, Utah -- When a 67-year-old man was cleaning his gun while at home about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, the weapon accidentally discharged and the bullet stuck him in the finger and his 56-year-old wife in the upper thigh. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Palm Beach, Fla. -- A female driver was shot in both upper thighs when a female passenger removed a gun from her purse and the weapon accidentally discharged. No word on the victim’s condition.
Nashville, Tenn. -- A 22-year-old man who lives in an apartment accidentally shot his gun through the floor about 11 p.m. yesterday and the bullet struck a woman in the apartment below as she was asleep in her bed. The woman was listed in stable condition with serious injuries.
Brooklyn, N.Y. -- On Friday, a 33-year-old city correction officer accidentally shot himself and a 35-year old male colleague while attempting to adjust his shoulder holster as the two were driving to a shooting range. The two had stopped at a gas station for fuel when the bullet discharged, striking the shooter in the hand and the other man in the hip. Both victims were reported in stable condition.
Horn Lake, Miss. -- About 6:30 a.m. Thursday, an off-duty county deputy accidentally shot herself with her service weapon that was in her purse and while driving herself to the hospital, the gun fell out of the car and the weapon is now missing. A reward has been offered for the gun or information leading to its return. The deputy was treated at a hospital and her condition was described by police as “fine.”
Meridian, Miss. -- A woman was accidentally shot in the lower leg at an apartment about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Etna Township, Ohio -- A man accidentally shot a woman inside a home Friday night. The victim’s injuries were considered non life-threatening.
Park County, Wyo. -- A 48-year-old accidentally shot himself in the leg on Wednesday while leading a team of pack horses back to camp from a trailhead. The horses began acting up and as he was attempting to regain control of them, the lead rope caught the hammer of his gun, causing it to discharge. No word on his condition.
Dummer, N.H. -- A 55-year-old man was accidentally shot by his 24-year-old son while bird hunting Saturday. The victim was treated for seven puncture wounds in his side and released.
Johnson County, Ind. -- A man accidentally shot himself about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after he was told that a friend was fatally shot over the weekend. The man said he knew who killed his friend and wanted to get revenge, but the weapon discharged when he grabbed it and the bullet struck him in the leg.
Today’s sources: The Anniston (Ala.) Star, Boston Globe, Deseret News, Greenville (S.C.) News, Laramie Boomerang, The (Lakeland, Fla.) Ledger, New York Post, Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, (Middletown, Penn.) Press And Journal, Reno Gazette-Journal, The Tennessean, WBNS-TV Columbus, Ohio, WKMG-TV Orlando, WMC-TV Memphis, WRTV-TV Indianapolis, WTOK-TV Meridian, Miss.
Addendum for October 14, 2013
Every year in the U.S.A., on average: *
-- Over 18,000 people kill themselves with a gun (51 each day)
-- Almost 12,000 people are murdered by a gun (32 each day)
-- Almost 600 people are accidentally shot and killed by a gun (1 each day)
-- Over 51,000 people are shot and wounded in an attack involving a gun (140 each day)
-- Over 16,000 people are accidentally shot and wounded by a gun (43 each day)
-- Almost 4,000 people are wounded attempting to kill themselves with a gun (10 each day).
Total killed by guns each year: Over 30,000 (84 each day)
Total wounded by guns each year: Over 70,000 (193 each day)
Total number of Americans either killed or wounded by guns each year: Over 100,000 (277 each day)
* Brady Campaign (gun deaths from police intervention not included here)
Please help do something about this national disgrace. Call, write, email, or FAX your representatives in Washington, D.C. and tell them to support common sense gun controls. Do it today. And do it again next week. And then every week after that until they get the message.
You can get contact information here:
October 8, 2013 -- October 13, 2013
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October 7, 2013 edition
Wayne City, Ill. -- A teen died yesterday evening after being accidentally shot by a friend.
Radcliff, Ky. -- After receiving a call about 9 p.m. Thursday from a man saying he had killed his wife, police responded to the home to find two people fatally shot -- a 47-year-old woman and her 50-year-old husband. Police are investigating the shooting as a murder-suicide.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. -- A 47-year-old man stabbed his 75-year-old mother to death after breaking several of her bones and then used a gun to kill himself on September 30. Their bodies were found Friday.
Mission, Tex. -- A 65-year-old man shot and killed a 75-year-old man before using a gun to kill himself after the two had a verbal dispute on Thursday.
Hubbard County, Minn. -- Late Saturday afternoon, a man duck hunting on a boat with a shotgun lost his balance as he was about to shoot and the load struck his companion, a 23-year-old man, in the head, killing him.
Saline County, Ark. -- Two brothers -- ages 49 and 46 -- were shot and killed yesterday afternoon while riding all-terrain vehicles. A suspect has been arrested.
Springfield, Mass. -- A 33-year-old man was fatally shot about 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
Volusia County, Fla. -- A 28-year-old man was fatally shot outside a club about 5 a.m. Saturday. Police said a fight inside the club spilled out to the parking lot where someone involved in the altercation pulled a gun and opened fire.
Orange County, Fla. -- Two men, ages 23 and 18, were shot and killed about 3 a.m. Sunday while sitting in a car at a shopping-plaza parking lot.
DeKalb County, Ga. -- A 25-year-old man is accused of shooting two men, ages 25 and 23, as they played video games at their home late Friday night. The two victims were cousins.
La Plata, Md. -- A 4-year-old boy accidentally shot himself with a handgun he found in a car parked in a driveway about 5:50 p.m. Thursday. The gun is registered to a relative of the boy. He was treated for a graze wound and expected to recover.
Huntsville, Ala. -- A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the hand at an apartment about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. No word on his condition.
Aurora, Ill. -- About 10:20 p.m. Friday, a 14-year-old boy accidentally shot another 14-year-old boy in the leg while showing him a gun he found. The wounded boy’s injuries were described as serious but not believed to be life-threatening.
West Valley City, Utah -- A 16-year-old boy playing with a gun while outside at an apartment complex accidentally shot his 15-year-old friend in the abdomen Thursday. The wounded boy’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Seminole County, Fla. -- An 18-year-old male was accidentally shot in the chest at a home today. He was listed in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries.
Crystal Falls, Mich. -- A 32-year-old man accidentally shot himself while cleaning a handgun in his car about noon on Saturday. The bullet struck him in the upper left leg and then it lodged in the driver’s door. He was treated and released from a local hospital.
Tuscaloosa, Ala. -- A man shopping at a store accidentally shot himself in the leg about 9 p.m. Saturday after his holstered handgun discharged when it fell to the floor. No one else in the store was struck by the bullet.
Bradenton, Fla. -- A man accidentally shot himself in the finger on Wednesday evening.
Pittsburgh, N.H. -- A 36-year-old man accidentally shot his friend -- a 34-year-old male -- while grouse hunting on Wednesday. The victim was treated at a hospital for 70 puncture wounds from shotgun pellets and later released.
Cincinnati, Ohio -- A man showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound to one of his legs just before 7 a.m. Friday. He was expected to recover.
Flint, Mich. -- A 22-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the leg while fighting with his 20-year-old girlfriend. The incident began when he grabbed the woman’s hair and threw her to the ground and then shot out a window in her car. The weapon discharged as he was putting it away. He was listed in good condition.
Orlando, Fla. -- A 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the hip during a fight in the parking lot of a school in session about 2 p.m. Friday. No word on their conditions.
Chicago, Ill. -- A teen believed to be an 18-year-old female was shot the upper thigh and hip area about 8:30 a.m. today. A person of interest was taken into custody for questioning. The victim’s condition was listed as stabilized.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A 26-year-old man was shot and wounded at a bus stop when two men in a passing vehicle opened fire on him about 9 p.m. Saturday. No word on the victim’s condition.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A man suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the leg and arm early Sunday morning. He was conscious and breathing during transport to a hospital.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A woman was shot and wounded about 3 a.m. Sunday. No word on her condition.
Kelso, Wash. -- A 40-year-old man shot another man about 7:15 p.m. yesterday. The victim’s injuries were described as life-threatening.
Dallas, Tex. -- When two male employees at a fast-food restaurant got into a heated argument, the dispute spilled out into the parking lot where one of them shot and wounded the other. No word on the condition of the wounded man.
Centerton, Ark. -- After telling three Jehovah’s Witnesses to get off his property, a 35-year-old man allegedly fired 19 rounds at them and several others who were part of the group as they drove away last Saturday. No one was injured.
Cleveland, Ohio -- A 74-year-old Florida man was arrested at an airport after security officials found a handgun in his carry-on luggage.
Today’s sources: Akron Beacon Journal, Arkansasmatters.com, Associated Press, Birmingham News, Boston Globe, Bradenton (Fla.) Herald, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Enquirer, Daily Press (Escanaba, Mich.), Evansville (Ind.) Courier and Press, The Flint Journal, KFSM-TV Fort Smith (Ark.), KSL-TV Salt Lake City, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Oregonian, WBKO-TV Bowling Green, WFAA-TV Dallas, WFTV-TV Orlando, WHNT-TV Huntsville, WSB-TV Atlanta, WXXA-TV Albany (N.Y.)
Addendum for October 7, 2013
We have an epidemic of gun violence in the U.S.A. Here’s an organization working to find a cure :