Archive for Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ottawa man charged with aggravated battery in accidental shooting of 4-year-old

January 8, 2013


A 39-year-old Ottawa man has been charged with aggravated battery and aggravated child endangerment in the accidental shooting Friday of a 4-year-old boy.

Franklin County prosecutors filed the charges Monday against Brian Keith Bruno, who could face up to 136 months in prison for aggravated battery and 17 months for felony aggravated child endangerment, depending on his criminal history.

Prosecutors also charged Bruno with one count of misdemeanor child endangerment.

Bruno was arrested Friday afternoon after a 4-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the leg with a handgun at his home in the 1100 block of North Oak Street in Ottawa, according to Capt. Adam Weingartner, a spokesman for the Ottawa Police Department.

The single gunshot wound was not life-threatening, Weingartner said. The boy is recovering after being treated at a Kansas City-area hospital.

Weingartner said Bruno was not the boy's parent but did live in the same home. In addition to Bruno and the injured boy, two adults and two children also were in the residence when the gun was fired. No one else was injured.


bigtoe 5 years, 5 months ago

Now were going to hear of every single accidental shooting in a 500 mile radius, because the LJW really wants, like the a-hole newspaper in NY, to publish the names and addresses of the lawful gun owners but they don't dare try that with this Governor, Attorney General, Legislature, hundreds of thousands of gun owners including most of the influential big dogs in Lawrence.

bad_dog 5 years, 5 months ago

Here you go. I expanded the radius a bit. Hope you don't mind reaching beyond 500 miles given news of shootings from the surrounding area is apparently not worth reporting in your opinion.

voevoda 5 years, 5 months ago

The only gun owners who get there names in the newspaper this way are the ones who have behaved irresponsibly. The public has a right to know about this, if only so they can avoid all contact with someone who might shoot them.

question4u 5 years, 5 months ago

Wow Bigtoe! 2013 is still young, so there isn't much competition, but this has got to be the most-off-the-wall comment of the year on this site.

Are you suggesting that accidental shootings are so common that it is trivial to report them? Are you saying that LJW should not report shootings of children if they're accidental, even when the shooter has been charged with two felonies? Are you suggesting that the LJW should not print news from Ottawa (which is only 27 miles from Lawrence, not 500)? And finally, are you actually saying that you think that "this Governor" would use his influence to suppress a newspaper? Isn't it generally people from the other side of the political divide who argue things like that about Brownback?

Weird stuff!

Brad Greenwood 5 years, 5 months ago

Bigtoe -- Do you copy and paste this paragraph to every article about shootings?

Ian_Cummings 5 years, 5 months ago

It's normal for the Lawrence Journal-World to report incidents in which people are badly injured. This is the case for all kinds of accidents, including car crashes and falls.

Joghawk11 5 years, 5 months ago

Report and focus on shootings more. You guys at LJworld update and keep posting articles about minimal crimes that don't really effect anyone besides the people you consistently throw under the bus by printing their names over and over as well as showing them in court. What great ethics LJworld. Report on actual crimes

kawrivercrow 5 years, 5 months ago

Other news sources are saying the boyfriend was showing a handgun to a visitor. He thought it was unloaded. He was wrong.

IF he deliberately intended to dry-fire a gun inside a house (with or without children present), I support a mandatory, short prison sentence. I've been handling firearms since I was around 9 yrs old. I learned early on a number of principles this man failed to adhere to**. Stupidity has a price that needs to paid, if only as cautionary tale to other stupid people.

One of the nice things about being stupid is that it is not nearly as difficult to correct as being morally bankrupt. Keeping this guy in jail for 136+ months (or even 17) does not make society proportionately more safe. It is the public message of "your negligence will get you in prison" that provides the value in these cases.

No doubt the pain, grief and fear his actions caused are substantial punishment in their own right in a morally intact individual. If he didn't dry-fire it, I would consider reassessing the penalty in a more forgiving light.

** treat all guns as loaded, never dry fire, never let the barrel end up pointing at another human being, etc.

Stuart Sweeney 5 years, 5 months ago

I think it is so stupid for an accident like this to happen but does it really rise to the level of a crime. Where is the criminal intent? A conviction in this case will probably keep this goofball from ever rising to his potential in society as well as using resources that would be better served on real criminals.

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