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UPDATE: Child shot in leg

Monday, June 13, 2011

STAUNTON -- A juvenile was airlifted to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Monday following an accidental shooting.

According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, at approximately 11:53 a.m., officials with the department were dispatched to a residence south of Staunton in reference to the shooting.

When deputies arrived, they discovered a female juvenile had been shot in the leg.

"It was nothing criminal," Heaton told The Brazil Times.

Heaton said the girl, 9, was accidentally shot in the leg upper leg by her brother, 8.

Heaton added the two were 3-4 feet apart when the shooting took place.

According to officials, the boy said his father had acquired a new revolver and the boy believed it to be unloaded.

The boy also said he believed the weapon had rubber bullets in it.

The boy told officials he pulled the trigger, discharging the weapon and shooting the girl in the leg.

"It was a newly acquired gun," Heaton said. "The young man was looking at it and didn't think it was loaded. Then the gun went off."

According to officials, the handgun was a small caliber revolver.

Heaton said the incident took place inside the residence. While the parents of the children were not at home when the shooting took place -- as both were working at the time -- an older sibling was watching the two juveniles.

The girl was taken via TransCare to St. Vincent Clay Hospital and later airlifted to Methodist Hospital.

"I know she was alert and conscious at the hospital and at the scene," Heaton said. "She was talking to the ambulance crew and the deputies at the scene."

The girls' condition is not known at this time.

The case, according to officials, is still under investigation.

Additional responders included the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department.


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Poor kids, so young, I hope that both are ok!

-- Posted by clgruener on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 6:38 AM

Why were bullets and gun stored together and not locked up??? Will people never learn? Even if newly acquired and no gun safe or trigger lock initially available, at least that could have been done. Unloaded gun on top shelf of a closet or in attic and bullets hidden somewhere else or even locked in glove compartment of parent's car and taken with them until a trigger lock or gun safe purchased. I hope both children and parents realize how lucky they are that this wasn't worse and all learn a lesson from this. A wiser choice should have been made. Maybe others can learn from it. People who don't know guns are a lot more likely to cause an accident and don't need to be handling them. If parents didn't know about guns, they should not have gotten one until taking a safety course. It's just not worth it.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 7:52 AM

This whole deal could have been prevented by educating these kids about guns and how to handle them. In fact, I could take this young man and in just an hour or so, I'd improve his gun safety 1000%. Hes probably NEVER been educated about guns, well, unless you consider the "education" he got from violent cartoons and movies.

I probably own more guns than all the commentators on here, combined. ...a good percentage of which are out of the vault(s) and setting in corners of my house loaded with the safeties on. But, my kids are very well educated and a little older. And, in saying that, they are very likely to grab one of those guns and off a chicken eating raccoon or coyote.

Kids that aren't raised around guns and aren't educated about them are a danger to themselves and others. While I am not a big proponent in the "keep it unloaded and locked up!" crowd, there are some things you just don't do. If it needs to be loaded, make sure its loaded, but, if it doesn't need to be, get it unloaded. But, the article makes these people look like a bunch of deer-in-the-headlights "Oh, we didn't know it wasn

The shame in all this is not that it was loaded or unloaded. The shame is the fact that nobody knew it was loaded. Check your guns. Unload them if you can. If you need them loaded, be sure people around them know how to handle them appropriately. If your kids are under 10, tell them they can handle the guns anytime as long as you're there (and then UNLOAD the gun and let them handle it.)

Just a little ignorance and a little negligence can get people hurt. A banner case, this one is.

-- Posted by TheRider on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 3:38 PM


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