Child accidentally fires shotgun at mom

Child accidentally fires shotgun at mom

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Since: Oct 07

Cloud Nine

#1 Jan 10, 2010
CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich.(WOOD)- A mother was shot in the abdomen Sunday by her child, who accidentally discharged a 12-gauge shotgun in another room.

The 34-year-old Caledonia Township woman was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. She is listed in stable condition.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call about the incident at around 4:16 p.m.

No names have been released.

24 Hour News 8 will continue to update this story as it develops.

http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/kent_cou...

“Proud Cherokee”

Since: Aug 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#2 Jan 10, 2010
Stupid is as stupid does to have guns in the house!

“Lost my mind”

Since: Apr 07

be back later

#3 Jan 10, 2010
Countingstars wrote:
Stupid is as stupid does to have guns in the house!
No.. stupid is as stupid does to have a LOADED gun in the house.

There is nothing wrong with having a firearm in the house, but it is completely irresponsible to keep a firearm loaded. Especially if there are children in the home.

“Proud Cherokee”

Since: Aug 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#4 Jan 10, 2010
Any one know how old the kid was?

“91 Whiskey”

Since: Nov 08

Grand Rapids

#5 Jan 10, 2010
Number one rule with firearms, ALWAYS treat them as if they are loaded. I do have one pistol that is kept loaded but it is in a safe specially designed with finger print identification that no one else has access to.
Bob

Big Rapids, MI

#6 Jan 11, 2010
Exactly Kevz, unless this kid had the shotgun out for a reason.

First, they don't list the child's age. Could have been old enough to have just gotten home from hunting. WZZM says the shot passed through two doors before striking the Mother, so it sounds like a simple but stupid accident.

Sounds like someone needs a refresher course at hunter safety class.
My 2 Cents

Grand Haven, MI

#7 Jan 11, 2010
Kevz wrote:
Number one rule with firearms, ALWAYS treat them as if they are loaded. I do have one pistol that is kept loaded but it is in a safe specially designed with finger print identification that no one else has access to.
Well if that is the number one rule than the number 2 rule is to ALWAYS have guns in a locked cabinet SPECIFICALLY in a home with children!!!!!!

Since: Jan 09

Hersey, Michigan

#8 Jan 11, 2010
I keep a loaded handgun in my nightstand but before my grandkids come for a visit that weapon is unloaded and locked up with the rest of my guns. You just don't know what kids are going to do or what they're going to get into.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#9 Jan 11, 2010
abranger wrote:
I keep a loaded handgun in my nightstand but before my grandkids come for a visit that weapon is unloaded and locked up with the rest of my guns. You just don't know what kids are going to do or what they're going to get into.
I thought I'd judge your post "Agree" before the anti's got to it. I have grandchildren around here too and my guns are trigger-locked and put away when they are around.

Since: Sep 08

Muskegon

#10 Jan 11, 2010
Countingstars wrote:
Any one know how old the kid was?
I'm pretty sure I heard on the radio this morning that he was 8 years old.

Since: Oct 07

Cloud Nine

#11 Jan 11, 2010

Since: Sep 08

Muskegon

#12 Jan 11, 2010
EmmaRae wrote:
Thanks. He probably did have a legit reason to have a gun in the first place, then.

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#13 Jan 11, 2010
What I don't understand is the gunshot passing through two doors first before injuring the Mother.

Now I may be wrong, but ammunition for a shotgun to do that damage would most likely be a slug, instead of "bird shot", or "small game" load.

What hunting season is it in January that requires a slug for hunting? Rabbits? Hmm...something is not right.

I would like to also mention that ALL my guns are locked up at ALL times. Now, I do own a USP .45 for home protection, but it also is never LOADED. I do stash a loaded magazine AWAY from the gun. It literally takes less than two seconds to load the magazine, and pull the slide for action. I disagree with anyone who keeps a gun loaded IN the house.

May the bashing begin...

“Lucky”

Since: Sep 08

Charm City

#14 Jan 11, 2010
_Mudman wrote:
What I don't understand is the gunshot passing through two doors first before injuring the Mother.
Now I may be wrong, but ammunition for a shotgun to do that damage would most likely be a slug, instead of "bird shot", or "small game" load.
What hunting season is it in January that requires a slug for hunting? Rabbits? Hmm...something is not right.
I would like to also mention that ALL my guns are locked up at ALL times. Now, I do own a USP .45 for home protection, but it also is never LOADED. I do stash a loaded magazine AWAY from the gun. It literally takes less than two seconds to load the magazine, and pull the slide for action. I disagree with anyone who keeps a gun loaded IN the house.
May the bashing begin...
Maybe he was target practicing? Sighting it in?
I have no problem with the way you handle the guns in your house but I will add I have no problem with someone having a loaded weapon either. Using the correct precautions, it can be perfectly safe to have a laded gun in the house. Unless you have the magazine and the gun fairly close to each other it is not going to be much protection. If you know it's coming, great. If someone surprises you (as in you are asleep etc.) your not going to have time to run around grabbing parts and assembling the gun.
It will be interesting to hear what the rest of this story is. I feel bad for the kid. If this is an accident, he has to live with it. I'll bet he is very conscience after this.
me rval

United States

#15 Jan 11, 2010
oma2 wrote:
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Maybe he was target practicing?
IN THE HOUSE???
oma2 wrote:
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Sighting it in?
And you DON'T do that IN THE HOUSE EITHER

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#17 Jan 11, 2010
I agree with there is more to come of the story.

And yes every morning I get up the gun goes in the safe, as it comes back out after teeth are brushed at night. Like clockwork. Many reasons to not have a loaded gun at all times in the house. Too many in fact to list them. One example would be you come home to someone in your house who had found your loaded gun. No reason to have a gun loaded at all times in the house...period! It is a lack of responsibility on the gun owner,....all it takes is one screw up. You can't get a girl pregnant with an unloaded gun, but things happen if the gun is out in the open. Out of sight, and safely locked up.

The funny thing is on the home protection thing is...you could easily kill an intruder with nothing more simple that a drawer filled with billiard balls. Have you ever seen the damage of someone getting hit in the head with 85 mph billiards ball?

If the gun was NOT loaded, the Mother would not have been shot. Then again if the kid was outside and shot into the house.....well that brings up the "responsible ticket" again doesn't it?

I pray for the child and the family it was just an accident that they can learn from, and not irresponsibility.
me rval

United States

#18 Jan 11, 2010
Police said the child, whose age was not released, WAS IN ANOTHER ROOM WITH THE WEAPON WHEN IT ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGED, with the round piercing two closed doors before striking the mother.

DOESN'T SOUND LIKE HE WAS OUTSIDE...AND EVEN IF HE WAS, THE GUN SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN POINTED IN THE DIRECTION OF ANY HOUSE...

youIDIOTS
Thewayiseeit

Cheboygan, MI

#19 Jan 11, 2010
Why was there no adult supervision?
Why wasn't the gun unloaded outside?
Why no trigger lock?
This kid can't even drive yet and has access to loaded guns?
Where was the kids father?
Where did the common sense go?

“Peace Love”

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#20 Jan 11, 2010
_Mudman wrote:
What I don't understand is the gunshot passing through two doors first before injuring the Mother.
Now I may be wrong, but ammunition for a shotgun to do that damage would most likely be a slug, instead of "bird shot", or "small game" load.
What hunting season is it in January that requires a slug for hunting? Rabbits? Hmm...something is not right.
I would like to also mention that ALL my guns are locked up at ALL times. Now, I do own a USP .45 for home protection, but it also is never LOADED. I do stash a loaded magazine AWAY from the gun. It literally takes less than two seconds to load the magazine, and pull the slide for action. I disagree with anyone who keeps a gun loaded IN the house.
May the bashing begin...
Deer season = Buck shot...
Have you ever seen the size of a buck shot ball??
2 doors penatrated...no problem...

“Lucky”

Since: Sep 08

Charm City

#21 Jan 11, 2010
Thewayiseeit wrote:
Why was there no adult supervision?
Why wasn't the gun unloaded outside?
Why no trigger lock?
This kid can't even drive yet and has access to loaded guns?
Where was the kids father?
Where did the common sense go?
Those are all very good questions. The gun should never have been loaded in the house in the hands of a 15 year old. He is old enough to hunt. He can legally target shoot but why wouldn't the gun be UNloaded when brought in. Someone had suggested maybe it fell over or whatever. Still should not have been loaded if he was done. The other posability is he was cleaning it. Alot of "unloaded" guns kill people when they are being cleaned. Meaning that they "thought" it was unloaded when they started to clean. That tells me that someone was not properly trained on how to clean the weapon. Like I said, it will be intersting to hear the rest of the story.

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