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3-year-old boy dead after accidental shooting

July 30, 2014

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— A 3-year-old Wichita boy has died after accidentally shooting himself in the chest with a gun he found while his mom and her boyfriend were taking a nap.

The Wichita Eagle reports the shooting happened around 5 p.m. Tuesday and the boy died at a local hospital an hour later.

Police say three other children, ages 3, 4 and 5, also were in the house but were uninjured. No arrests were made but police questioned the boyfriend for hours after the shooting.

Police spokeswoman Lt. Dennis Wilson says investigators were trying to determine who owned the gun.

The other three children were taken into protective custody.

Comments

James Garvey 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Who takes a nap with 4 children under the age of 3 and a LOADED GUN in the house?

Chelsea Kapfer 4 months, 4 weeks ago

I didn't even trust my kid with a sharpie at those ages, much less a loaded gun.

James Howlette 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I wouldn't even take a nap without a loaded gun in the house with kids that young.

Phil Minkin 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Tragic! This happens far too frequently. We need to stop the NRA's grip on congress and do something about the easy access to guns in America.

Fred Mertz 4 months, 4 weeks ago

What law would have prevented this tragedy?

Common sense, responsible parenting and supervision would have prevented it, but the laws in place to have prevented it were broken and I am not seeing what new law would have stopped it.

James Howlette 4 months, 3 weeks ago

It's entirely possible that NO laws were broken. Note that no charges have been filed in the case.

Bob Smith 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Had the parents taken the NRA firearms safety courses, this most likely would not have happened.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 3 weeks ago

But that isn't a requirement for owning a gun, is it? And if we tried to make it a requirement the NRA would fight it.

Fred Mertz 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The boyfriend was a convicted felon so he violated the law by possessing the gun. Since he violated existing laws into new laws would have stopped him.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I know plenty of people who are not felons, who own guns, and know very little about them. They don't even know how to clean a gun. Just Google "Accidental shootings in the US". Plenty of "responsible" gun owners who can legally own a gun, but have no training.

Fred Mertz 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Don't disagree that many people own guns with very little training but not germane to my comment. He didn't legally purchase or posses the gun. No law requiring training would changed the outcome.

Donald Hall 4 months, 4 weeks ago

They should charge the parents the same as if the parents shot the poor kid! Besides, who takes a nap and leaves four little kids alone without any supervision, loaded gun or NOT??

Chris Ogle 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Don't blame the gun, blame the parents.

Leslie Swearingen 4 months, 4 weeks ago

I don't think the mother and her boy friend were napping that is just an euphemism. I also don't think that any law can prevent this sort of thing. What people do in their homes in their business and unknown until something horrible happens and it gets in the news.

It would seem that all too often single mothers let their boyfriends override their common sense and what is best for their children. Of course, we are never going to hear about the thousands of single mothers who are responsible and chose responsible men as boyfriends. They stay out of the news.

I imagine the mother is suffering enough from grief and guilt. Right now she needs support.

Kyle Reed 4 months, 3 weeks ago

She needs support...and charges filed against her.

John Kyle 4 months, 3 weeks ago

They need to stop calling these 'accidental' shootings. It's negligence, not an accident.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Exactly. And they need to start bringing charges against the person who owns the gun every time. This guy will get charges, because he shouldn't have been able to have a gun. But to legally own a gun there are no requirements to have any training at all. You just need to not have a record and to have the money to buy it. But if you suggest that gun ownership should require a license, which is earned after a tough training program, the NRA has a fit. It doesn't keep anyone from owning a gun; it just requires them to have the proper training.

Fred Mertz 4 months, 3 weeks ago

It is a right to own a gun just like it is to vote. People scream when they have to show an ID to vote even when it is free, but think nothing of imposing onerous restrictions and costs that infringe upon the right to bear arms.

Please people be consistent.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't have any problem showing my ID when voting. Not too crazy about having to show a birth certificate to register. Illegal immigrants don't come into the country to vote; they come for safety and to make money. 16 year olds don't get fake ids to vote either; they get one to drink.

I am consistent with training. I think drivers ed needs to be required to get a drivers license. Guns and cars are dangerous things that shouldn't be allowed without training. When the constitution was written, probably most people knew how to load the power and the musket, because many still hunted. Guns may be easier to use now, but they are a lot more dangerous. A gun can be dangerous if you don't keep it clean. Why do you think untrained people should own guns?

Brian Nomura 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Heard this on the radio driving to work:

30 Year old boyfriend (convicted felon) brought the gun over, the mom didn't even know it was in the house. Kid climbs up onto the kitchen counter and digs it out of one of the cabinets.

Fred Mertz 4 months, 3 weeks ago

The 3 year old and the other kids knew it was there but not the mom? Ain't buying it.

Richard Heckler 4 months, 3 weeks ago

"30 Year old boyfriend (convicted felon) brought the gun over,"…..

This explains the extreme interest from law enforcement …...

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