Boy Accidentally Shot By Younger Brother

A 15-year-old boy is dead after he was accidentally shot inside his District Heights home. Full Story
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iRock

Frederick, MD

#1 Mar 20, 2008
This is why I would never keep a gun in my home. Wow this is reallysad.
No Guns

Fort Washington, MD

#2 Mar 20, 2008
My heart goes out to the family.
However, their sadness and pain is just beginning. Their lives should be spent preventing this tradegy from happening to other chidlren.
This is a very sad commentary for our community. We all should accept some level of shame and blame. Guns do not belong in houses with children.
Common Phacking Sense

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#3 Mar 20, 2008
That is NOT why you never keep a gun in your house. The real reason is that YOU dont trust YOURSELF with owning a gun. Do you think this accident is the gun's fault? If he accidentally killed his brother with a steak knife, would you throw all of your steak knives out? How about a baseball bat? A cue stick? Tire iron?

“ITS TIME TO ROOST !”

Since: Nov 07

Princess Anne, MD

#4 Mar 20, 2008
GUNS DONT KILL..PEOPLE KILL..
AT 15..HES GOT ENOUGH SENCE TO KNOW..
DONT PLAY WITH GUNS..
AND NOW HIS BROTHER IS DEAD...
ITS CALLED LEARNING A LEASON THE HARD WAY...TRUELY SAD..
AS FOR THE PARENTS..THE GUN SHOULD OF BEEN IN A SAFE PLACE..
AS A PARENT..I ALWAYS LOCKED MY CLOSET DOOR & BEDROOM DOOR WHEN GONE!
Hollywood-MD

Lexington Park, MD

#5 Mar 20, 2008
Sad, yes,it is, however, guns do not kill people, the person holding the gun kill people. It is EVERY person who owns a firearm respnsibility to know how to use and store firearms. I am not going to bash the parents, I'm quite sure there will be plenty of that posted. I will say, I own several weapons and they are under double locks. The children involved obviously had access to these weapons and the parents need to be held acountable. I was only able to obtain a weapon in this county, only after a background check and a class in the safety and care of weapons. Shot in the back? that is going to cause a lot of questions. I do not have children living at home but I do have grandchildren and when they come to visit, not only are the weapons under double locks but the ammunition and the weapons are seperated. I think the system is flawed in that once a weapon is sold to an indiviual no one comes to the house to check and see what you have done with that weapon as far as security. Come on. we do follow up visits when we adopt an animal, shouldn't we do follow ups when someone purchases a lethal weapon?
Slack Jaw

Baltimore, MD

#6 Mar 20, 2008
What we have hereah is a total lack of re'spect for what the implement can do.

I don't leave my power tools laying about for some inexperienced individual to use. Nor should one leave firearms for the ill informed to play with.

Such a tragedy could be avoided with a little common sense. Obviously lacking in the adults at the home.
Jennifer

Silver Spring, MD

#7 Mar 20, 2008
I think it awesome how that handgun kept the family safe.

See how tired that argument is?
gjmoore

Baltimore, MD

#8 Mar 20, 2008
This is very sad but if the family was keeping a handgun in the home why was it not properly locked away and unloaded? Sounds like carelessness to me and I wonder if it was an accident. Don't think I read how old the boy was that shot the gun. I am sorry but could have been prevented as a rule.
Im telling you

Gaithersburg, MD

#9 Mar 20, 2008
This is really sad....HOWEVER, i'm pretty sure that the dad, or who ever owns the gun, came home to those "15" year olds and was like...."hey look at this gun that i got....here, you hold it...yea....how does that feel?"...so here's the sernio...the child gets shown this gun....thinks it's really cool....and then shows the gun to some one even younger...now your in double jepordy....this kid was 15 years old...didn't his mama do some home training saying to them that you don't PLAY with guns???....I blame these cracked head parents for being tooooo lazy to teach their children right from wrong...yes...it is a sad story...but i don't feel bad for anyone!!!!!!!
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#10 Mar 20, 2008
So who's gun was it? If it was the parent/guardian, they should be jailed for leaving guns where kids can gain access to them. However, in today's world, it IS entirely possible that the younger brother picked up the gun someplace for himself.
wow

United States

#11 Mar 20, 2008
NYWILL wrote:
GUNS DONT KILL..PEOPLE KILL..
AT 15..HES GOT ENOUGH SENCE TO KNOW..
DONT PLAY WITH GUNS..
AND NOW HIS BROTHER IS DEAD...
ITS CALLED LEARNING A LEASON THE HARD WAY...TRUELY SAD..
AS FOR THE PARENTS..THE GUN SHOULD OF BEEN IN A SAFE PLACE..
AS A PARENT..I ALWAYS LOCKED MY CLOSET DOOR & BEDROOM DOOR WHEN GONE!
Read again, the 15 year old is dead. His YOUNGER brother was playing with the gun and shot him.

“ITS TIME TO ROOST !”

Since: Nov 07

Princess Anne, MD

#12 Mar 20, 2008
wow wrote:
<quoted text> Read again, the 15 year old is dead. His YOUNGER brother was playing with the gun and shot him.
I stand corrected..The 15 yr old was supervising
the gun play..
But you get my point..I hope?
amy

Frederick, MD

#13 Mar 20, 2008
Im telling you wrote:
This is really sad....HOWEVER, i'm pretty sure that the dad, or who ever owns the gun, came home to those "15" year olds and was like...."hey look at this gun that i got....here, you hold it...yea....how does that feel?"...so here's the sernio...the child gets shown this gun....thinks it's really cool....and then shows the gun to some one even younger...now your in double jepordy....this kid was 15 years old...didn't his mama do some home training saying to them that you don't PLAY with guns???....I blame these cracked head parents for being tooooo lazy to teach their children right from wrong...yes...it is a sad story...but i don't feel bad for anyone!!!!!!!
It's really sad that you are that quick to pass judgement.
Skip

Conley, GA

#14 Mar 20, 2008
This is a pure and simple case of murder. It should be obvious to anyone that since he was shot in the back that shooter wanted to get the advantage on the older brother.

no body that age plays with a gun not knowing the consequences.

the follow up is simple in years to come the younger brother will be a violent recidivistic criminal. no doubt.

“God Bless America”

Since: Feb 08

Woodbridge, VA

#15 Mar 20, 2008
NYWILL wrote:
GUNS DONT KILL..PEOPLE KILL..
AT 15..HES GOT ENOUGH SENCE TO KNOW..
DONT PLAY WITH GUNS..
AND NOW HIS BROTHER IS DEAD...
ITS CALLED LEARNING A LEASON THE HARD WAY...TRUELY SAD..
AS FOR THE PARENTS..THE GUN SHOULD OF BEEN IN A SAFE PLACE..
AS A PARENT..I ALWAYS LOCKED MY CLOSET DOOR & BEDROOM DOOR WHEN GONE!
Very well said NYWILL, I agree with you fully on what you just said. I also lock my weapon up (I don't call it a gun, those are for fun) and I won't tell my kids where it is until they are old enough to know AND understand that weapons are no joke whatsoever and that people use them to kill people.

“ITS TIME TO ROOST !”

Since: Nov 07

Princess Anne, MD

#16 Mar 20, 2008
Im telling you wrote:
This is really sad....HOWEVER, i'm pretty sure that the dad, or who ever owns the gun, came home to those "15" year olds and was like...."hey look at this gun that i got....here, you hold it...yea....how does that feel?"...so here's the sernio...the child gets shown this gun....thinks it's really cool....and then shows the gun to some one even younger...now your in double jepordy....this kid was 15 years old...didn't his mama do some home training saying to them that you don't PLAY with guns???....I blame these cracked head parents for being tooooo lazy to teach their children right from wrong...yes...it is a sad story...but i don't feel bad for anyone!!!!!!!
A LITTLE SYMPATHY CAN TAKE YOU A LONG WAY IN LIFE?

Since: Feb 08

Fairfax, VA

#17 Mar 20, 2008
sad news.

who says that their parents even had a gun in the home. maybe one of the children bought it into the home.
What

Washington, DC

#18 Mar 20, 2008
Who said the gun came from the home?

Teach your kids that they should not be playing with guns. And stop buying toy guns. They walk around with them and think they are "soldiers" or police men" yet you don't teach them the difference of what's real and fake. WAKE UP PEOPLE!
Renee

Hyattsville, MD

#19 Mar 20, 2008
while I agree it is dangerous to have a gun in the house, those boys (especially the 15 year old one)knew better than to be "playing" or "experimenting" with a dangerous weapon. He was no child. He should have been setting an example for the younger boy. It was really foolishness on the part of the 15 year old one!!
Say What

Montgomery, AL

#20 Mar 20, 2008
This was not an "Accident".
Someone decided to leave the weapon unsecured, the younger brother decided to pick up the gun, he then decided to point it at his brother, and finally decided to pull the trigger.
The weapon functioned as designed.
Where is the "accidental" part?

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