Child shoots sister with rifle he got as a gift


BURKESVILLE, Kentucky—Authorities said a 5-year-old child in Kentucky shot and killed his 2-year-old sister with a rifle he got as a gift.

Local coroner Gary White tells WKYT-TV that the mother said she had been outside on a porch for “no more than three minutes” on Thursday when the shooting occurred.

White also told the Lexington Herald-Leader the boy’s .22-cal. rifle was a present and he is used to shooting it. He said the rifle was kept in a corner and the family didn’t realize a shell was left inside it.

White said the shooting would be ruled accidental. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.

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  • andy890

    Well this is a tragedy indeed, but seriously — a rifle for a 5-year old? Clearly, he WAS too young since he forgot many basic rules: check to see if it’s loaded, never play with a gun, never point it at someone, etc., etc. Of all the stupid gifts….

  • Weya S.

    wow really? A .22 cal rifle for a 5 year old as a gift?!?

    Please have the parents checked for mental illness…

  • Pio Pusli

    no sympathy for a typical american hillbilly, they’ll deserved this kind of fate. send the bill to NRA and Republican politicians.

  • BotoMoKinabukasanMo


  • William Dave

    what a twisted story, huh? 5 year old gets a real rifle. bet he’s gonna have a GF by eight? married at ten? with his brother or….. sister? what’s happened to the world?!?

  • Tommy

    It’s a bit sad that upon reading the headline I KNEW this had happened in the US.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      you must not read the cebu papers it happened twice in the last weeks 2 days ago a 4 year old shot another with a 22. couple days before a 45 was involved kid thought it was a toy gun.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        whoops in the last week. . grownups left their guns around and kids were playing with.. charges were filed against the parents. funny these events dont get in the papers here in manila but one in america does

      • Tommy

        Was referring to the bit where the child had gotten a rifle AS A GIFT.

        Yeah, negligent parents leaving guns around happens here, but those parents don’t give children live firearms as, essentially, toys.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        i agree with you on that part he was to young. i never got a gun until i was 12 .in most states you can hunt at the age of 12 but you have to pass a hunter safety course, even bowhunting you still have to pass a course. i know because i was a instructor .but i cant get over how the papers are so obsessed about what happens in america.

      • Tommy

        Again, a bloody 5 year old was given a gun as a gift. A 5 year old.

        Let me repeat that again for emphasis: A 5 YEAR OLD WAS GIVEN A GUN.

        And it was legal.

        I’ve got no problems with the US, but things like that are signs of huge problems within the legal system.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        I CAN READ I KNOW THAT I SAID HE WAS TO YOUNG. HE WAS TO YOUNG FOR BB GUN. something you dont understand every state is a nation and has it own laws whats legal in one state isnt in another. it isnt the us system its the states system. some places you cant own a pistol but in others they encourage it. it is the states that make the laws on age and who owns what. thats why they call it the untied states and not state

      • Tommy

        I understand the American state system perfectly (and in fact will add that federal laws apply to all states), and I am saying that in no place in the world should it be legal for 5 year olds to LEGALLY have access to bloody firearms.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        you sound like a parrot show me a copy of kentuckys laws lawyer. if they are thye same how come you cant buy a pistol in new york city. ive lived in 6 states and everyone had different laws it is easier to buy a gun in montana than california, and certain guns you could nit buy in california that you could buy in oregon. anyway blame the parents you want the government to inspect every house lol.

      • Tommy

        ‘show me a copy of kentuckys laws lawyer’?

        Are you not aware of how Google works? And I’ve never said I was a lawyer.

        Obviously gun laws differ across states. However, federal rulings on the issue would affect ALL states. Why on Earth do you think gun rights are an issue in the Senate and for Obama if it was solely a state issue? You claim to have lived there, but you apparently didn’t learn anything about the legal system.

        And the parents and the State share the blame, IMO.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        ps when that gun was bought it was bought by his parents. im sure a four year old didnt fill out the paper work it takes to buy a gun. i used to have a license to sell guns and it requires id to buy a gun.. now how is the state supposed to know the father was going to give it to his kid. you can do the same thing here father buys gun and gives it to his kid. you cant have spies everywhere.. the parents should have known better but to blame the state is crap. .if they bought the kid a knife and he stabbed someone how is it the states fault. are they mind readers.

      • Tommy

        I’m not blaming the state, I’m saying the laws are clearly insufficient. Additionally, nowhere in the article (or in anything you’ve indicated) is it stated that ANYONE is going to face persecution for this. The parents should be jailed for gross negligence at the very least. Let me repeat this, THEY GAVE A GUN TO A 5 YEAR OLD. How that is legal ANYWHERE boggles the mind.

        Stop being so whiny about perceived slights to your precious USA. I’m not speaking against the country, I’m saying that its gun laws are ridiculously loose, an opinion many many Americans share. The 2nd amendment is fine, but has been fetishized beyond reason.

        Oh, and since you like to like to accuse other people of not knowing US law, the FOPA means that private sellers who make ‘occasional sales’ do not, in fact, need to request ID or in fact make records of sale.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        do you have a copy of kentuckys laws. that you are a expert.. does it say its legal for a 5 year old to have a gun.. a 5 year old cannot buy a gun period.. quess again. i had to require a social security number to sell a gun. . and who says the parents arent going to be charged, are you there to know. . where are they loose new york city texas make yourself clear because they have different laws. for loose laws 75 percent of the guns here where i live are illegal. even the cops have illegal guns. . my maids husband bought a illegal 45 last week . and they make illegal guns by the truck load not far from me.i have been offered many 45s. hurt your feelings to bad . when you get back from kentucky let me know how it goes. and not speaking against the country, my precious america. thats funny. now go somewhere and whine because you havent impressed one iota. i know a racists when i see and smell one…

      • Tommy

        I’ve never said I was an expert. I just apparently know more about US law than you do, if you have no idea how federal law works.

        Obviously the 5 year old didn’t buy the gun. No one ever actually said that, and I don’t know why you keep obsessing about it. Probably to avoid debating the real issues.

        The illegal firearms are beside the point, fact is that there are legal means of buying firearms in the States. You seem to stupid to realize that.

        Racist? Hahahahaha, what a pathetic little loser you are. Lost an argument and you make up racist accusations. Can’t take any criticism too. In addition, you’re too stupid to actually understand basic points, you’ve claimed to live in the US without actually displaying ANY knowledge of the legal system beyond the fact that there are states, and you’re so stupid that you think that you can smell people on the internet.

        To be fair though, I guess you don’t have to be smart to be an illegal immigrant.

  • Yxon

    wow…what a way to kill your own child

  • john_constantine


  • dexter ngayan

    sad to hear this kind of news…. its very traumatic to the child, he thought that real gun was just a toy and it killed his sister… what will that child becomes if he get older and later knew what happened in killing his sister.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      “he thought that real gun was just a toy and it killed his sister…”

      as per article: “…boy’s .22-cal. rifle was a present and he is USED TO shooting it. He said the rifle was kept in a corner and the family didn’t realize a
      shell was left inside it.” uppercase emphasis mine.

      • dexter ngayan

        at his stage, he thinks it still a toy for him. Its still traumatic…Even if the boy is used to play with it.

  • patriotic_act

    very disturbing..

  • Serom

    I think the people who gifted the rifle to the 5 year old child are crazy.

  • Bulakenyo Ako

    Its sad ppl never learned.

  • wawa2172

    An act of stupidity on the part of the parents. Why allow a 5 year old kid play and fire a .22 caliber rifle? The parents should be responsible for the death of their of their own child. It is very disturbing indeed.

  • TreadLikely

    Muricans and their guns

  • Denzel Boksingero

    Unheard of to give a real gun to a 5-year old kid as gift. Parents should be sued for homicide.

  • nicosan fopalan

    stupid parents…

    • Pons Corpuz

      Stupid parents + a gun = sure death

  • Mamang Pulis


  • Marx Louis Wang

    To gun lovers: Don’t ban gun, PROMOTE IT so there will be more killings (SIC!).

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      no. promote responsible handling. there will always be killings. whether a bad guy shoots you, you shoot a bad guy, or someone doesn’t follow safe gun handling.

  • buttones

    Kentucky? ‘nuff said. They should have bought the kid a banjo….

  • Cubano

    A rifle as a gift to a 5-year boy? Is he an NRA member?

  • Mux

    Americans are so in love with their second amendment which states they have a right to keep and bear arms. They love it so much even more than their right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

  • Jerry

    WTF, a rifle as a gift! Whoever gave that gun should be put to jail.

  • $26791673

    Shoot both parents in the head!!

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  • Eddie AAA Calderon

    Why would a 5 year old receive a gun as a gift or why would the parents give him a gun?

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