US father kills young son in accidental shooting


WASHINGTON – An American man getting into his truck while holding a gun accidentally shot and killed his seven-year-old son Saturday, police said.

The tragedy occurred in East Lackawannock Township, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

The father was identified as Joseph Loughrey, 44, and his son, who was shot in the chest, was named Craig, according to a statement from the Pennsylvania State Police.

The father and son were getting back into their truck after visiting a gun store called Twigs Reloading Den.

Loughrey told police he had emptied the magazine of his handgun but did not realize there was still a bullet in the chamber, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

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  • Noel

    That’s what happens to someone who doesn’t even know what basic safety is.

  • Horst Manure

    First question any f=gun shop should ask do you know gun safety if yes ask some questions , if not go away.
     Wait for the next one  it will come along soon.

  • regd

    what else do you expect in a country where they can own as many guns as they want? Sure thing one will go off accidentally! Unfortunately it blows with a human at the other end.

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    Statistics will show that there will be about 1 of these cases out of 100 million.

    In a country where gun ownership is untrammeled, it is not surprising that this is bound to happen… well, statistically.

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