4-year-old US boy shoots friend in head


NEW YORK—A four-year-old American boy shot and wounded a six-year-old friend in the head Tuesday, police said, the second such accident involving children in a day.

Police in the New Jersey town of Toms River said the young boy took a .22-cal. rifle and shot his friend at a distance of about 14 meters (45 feet). It was unclear why the weapon discharged.

“The young boys were playing,” Police Chief Michael Mastronardy told a press conference. “The four-year-old went into the house, retrieved the rifle from within the house: a .22-caliber rifle.”

“A shot went out, and the six-year-old was struck in the head,” he said.

The victim was in hospital in “serious” condition.

Meanwhile, in Tennessee, another four-year-old pulled the trigger of a loaded handgun and killed the wife of the local sheriff’s deputy, the gun’s owner.

“Split second, we’re talking about seconds for that kid to walk in that room unbeknownst to them, grab that gun and it goes off,” said Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan, speaking on local television.

“It looks to be a tragic accident,” he told USA Today. “He did not normally have small kids at his house, and his guns were locked prior to coming out.”

Guns are linked to more than 31,000 deaths a year in the US, most of them self-inflicted. Only around a third of the deaths are considered homicides.

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  • wawa2172

    Nabayaang baril pag nakalabit nang bata na walang kamuwang muwang tiyak na may madidisgrasya. KIds are allowed to play water guns at young age so what they have in mind is that real guns are just toys. Toy guns sold sa mga malls and stores nowadays resembles the real guns. Replica of caliber 45 handgun, M-16 Armalite and AK-47 are popular among children na binibili at regalo naman nang mga parents sa mga bata. Well, kung may tutuong baril sa bahay, be sure na nakatago at di maabot nang bata.

  • divictes

    Idiots keep loaded guns in the house with children. Even medicine bottles warn you to keep out of children’s reach.

  • Ricky Bobby

    It’s not that easy to pull a trigger. Especially if it’s not cocked. These kids are strong.

    • http://twitter.com/gfarishta gibreel farishta

      there’s such a thing as soft trigger..

      • Ricky Bobby

        Ah don’t know much about guns. Only fired a gun one time in my life by accident back when I was 9 years old. I didn’t shoot anyone though. :D

  • Kronos2

    We’re no longer living in the times of the civil war and only an idiotic country like the US allows itself to be overpowered by the NRA in allowing guns easily bought and have its citizens killed unecessarily—arguing the right to bear arms is still a constitutional right. I’d like to see more of this happening and see how many lives have to be lost before they wake up and change the law even if it goes against the constitution. but I doubt it will ever happen. US laws favor the powerful over the right to be alive and survive.

  • Jane Tan

    Guns don’t kill people, idiots and a-holes kill people

  • ruben_bush

    Long live the constitutional right to bear arms!!!!!!!!

  • hustlergalore

    ano naman kayang klaseng pamboboka ang spinmeisters ng NRA ngayon dito? LOL

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