Officials investigate Cumberland Co. fatal shooting

Apr 30, 2013 Full story: WHAS11 72

Burkesville, Ky. Detectives from Post 15 are investigating a shooting that occurred on Tuesday at 1:03 p.m. CST at a residence on Lawson's Bottom Road in Cumberland County.

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Tompkinsville, KY

#24 May 1, 2013
I think that any parent that gets a gun for a child younger than 16 should be charged with child abuse and criminal neglect of the child. This is the most ridiculous, stupid, PREVENTABLE tragedy that I have ever heard of. No child should be allowed access to a gun.
just me

Elizabethtown, KY

#25 May 1, 2013
just sayin wrote:
well I am a parent of a small child and yes he has a REAL gun! 99% of the people that live in the south has a LOADED gun in their homes. yes i do agree, guns should not be left out with small children around, but noone knows that it was left out. a 5 year old child does tend to get into things that they know they aren't supposed to, he may have thought it was a toy! no one except the parents know what really happened! it is noones place to pass judgement on those 2 wonderful parents (yes i can honestly say that because i know them!), everyone should just empathize with them and leave it be. im sure they feel bad enough as it is!
they told on the news it was a real gun that was given to him as a present. They also told that it sit in the corner. They said they didn't know it had a shell in it.Thats all i got to say. Can't think of no words to describe anymore of this tragic seneless act. I mean why? It could have been preventable. Hes 5 and they said he received this rifle last year so he was 4. Thats real smart
seriously

United States

#26 May 1, 2013
All I can think is when all this is over,The burden and guilt this child will suffer.I ask you lord to comfort him in the days,weeks,months and years to come.Caroline was perfect and she's ok.I truly hurt for the child left behind.And I'm sure the parents feel enough guilt without people bashing then on here.True people have a right to their opinion,but some things are better left unsaid!!
please

Elizabethtown, KY

#27 May 1, 2013
please pray for this family
agree

Elizabethtown, KY

#28 May 1, 2013
parent wrote:
don't put blame on anyone for this tragedy.this family is going through hell.i'm so sorry for this families loss.may GOD bless you and keep you,
I Agree 100%
wanting to know

London, KY

#29 May 1, 2013
Who are the parents? Just wondering if I knew them, and no, I am not meaning anything bad about this. I pray that God gives this family peace, and watches over all them. Please God place your hand upon the hearts of all who are hurting. Amen.
DISGREE but with Respect

Elizabethtown, KY

#30 May 1, 2013
seriously wrote:
All I can think is when all this is over,The burden and guilt this child will suffer.I ask you lord to comfort him in the days,weeks,months and years to come.Caroline was perfect and she's ok.I truly hurt for the child left behind.And I'm sure the parents feel enough guilt without people bashing then on here.True people have a right to their opinion,but some things are better left unsaid!!
GOD BLESS THEM & ALL THEM THAT ARE TOUCH BY THIS! AMEN!
CyR

London, KY

#31 May 1, 2013
This kind of event is hard to stomach. I am an owner of several firearms. I keep them unloaded and secured at all times. I keep the ammunition secured in another area. I teach firearm safety to my 11 y/o daughter, who loves to go to the range with her dad. Having loaded firearms where children of this age group can apparently easily reach is unacceptable. While I grieve this loss of this young life, I hope the owner of this firearm is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Ferd

Anaheim, CA

#32 May 1, 2013
I am saddened by this situation. I read elsewhere that the gun was just leaned up to a wall without anyone realizing that there was a shell in the chamber. I don't know that that is true. Apparently, it was a child's training 22 rifle that was given to the 4 year old. This family is going to have horrible guilt and sadness for the remainder of their lives. I can not begin to imagine what is going through their minds. I hope that fewer families feel the need for a firearm. My experience is with my cousin that became schizophrenic at age 23. I don't like firearms and I don't know how you can limit their access to only responsible individuals.
ann

Burkesville, KY

#33 May 1, 2013
pray for this family I pray for god to put his arms around this family and give them the comfort they need to get through this
prayers

Columbia, KY

#34 May 1, 2013
my prayers r with the sparks family. please god help them through this trying time. this was a horrible acciden. my heart goes out to this little boy,and their family. instead of bashing them say a prayer for them. u never know what tomorrow might bring to u.so dont get on this post and say mean things!!!!. this family is going to go through some hard times. god will help u get through this.
greg

Elizabethtown, KY

#35 May 1, 2013
As i read this it breaks my heart knowing that the little boy is going to have live the rest of his life knowing he killed his sister. the parents well they should had NEVER had a loaded in gun where this little boy could had got it. they should b put in jail.
geographically challenged

Glasgow, KY

#36 May 1, 2013
Yeh Greg, we can tell this poor child, "God took your sister, but Greg took your mom and dad"
This will help this child how?
no more

Burkesville, KY

#37 May 1, 2013
prayers wrote:
my prayers r with the sparks family. please god help them through this trying time. this was a horrible acciden. my heart goes out to this little boy,and their family. instead of bashing them say a prayer for them. u never know what tomorrow might bring to u.so dont get on this post and say mean things!!!!. this family is going to go through some hard times. god will help u get through this.
this was a very preventable "accident". Do you drive off in your car with your baby not strapped in a carseat? No, because #1 it's illegal, and #2 hopefully you have enough common sense to know that something bad could happen. Prayers will not undo what happened. Maybe education and a few common sense gun laws might prevent further horrors. Common people, guns marketed for kids? Use your heads.
JRR

Alexandria, VA

#38 May 1, 2013
just sayin wrote:
well I am a parent of a small child and yes he has a REAL gun! 99% of the people that live in the south has a LOADED gun in their homes. yes i do agree, guns should not be left out with small children around, but noone knows that it was left out. a 5 year old child does tend to get into things that they know they aren't supposed to, he may have thought it was a toy! no one except the parents know what really happened! it is noones place to pass judgement on those 2 wonderful parents (yes i can honestly say that because i know them!), everyone should just empathize with them and leave it be. im sure they feel bad enough as it is!
I would define "left out" as "being in a place and condition whereby a 5 year old child can access and use it", so I disagree, we do know that it was "left out".
Carly Robinson

Elizabethtown, KY

#39 May 1, 2013
Look they didnt know it was loaded they thought that they had emptied it. It was an accident and my family is hurting right now. So please respect us and stop this
Mountain Mama

Elizabethtown, KY

#40 May 1, 2013
I have really been saddened by the event that took place yesterday. I am hurt because I know the family and I have seen the children in town where I work. I feel for the family because everyone is blaming the parents and saying how could they do this? Well you know , they did not do this. We live in a area where children as young a 4 do have real guns. They hunt , fish , ride motorcycles and do other dangerous things that could kill them. The parents of this child are very good people and so are the other family members. I am sure if we all looked in our homes there are things that could kill a child just as easy. Are all your cleaning supplies out of reach? Are your steak knives locked up? Are all electrical outlets covered? Is your smoke detector batteries replaced? Do you talk on your cell phone or text while your kids are in the car with you , or even when they are not?
My point is this was a accident period. This is our God's will. Why? we don't know...but don't blame and put more hurt on this family than they are already experiencing. They would not have let this happen intentionally for anything. So lets quit blaming and lets start helping. God is our judge. Sparks and Willis family , just know that there are people here in Burkesville that are not pointing fingers at you and do love you and wish that this would all just be a bad dream. May God grant you comfort that only he can in this case. Stay strong and don't blame anyone. Band together as you always do and focus on Christian. He is to young to really understand now, but someday he will and what he will need most is a family that will stand behind him and love him unconditionally.
geographically challenged

Glasgow, KY

#41 May 1, 2013
Carly Robinson wrote:
Look they didnt know it was loaded they thought that they had emptied it. It was an accident and my family is hurting right now. So please respect us and stop this
I will honor that request, and hope all others will do the same.
I wish I had words that could change things, but I don't. Just know, the community grieves with you. May you find peace after this terrible tragedy.
yeah

Big Clifty, KY

#42 May 1, 2013
Negligent Homicide..period...
Unbelievable

Bowling Green, KY

#43 May 1, 2013
I very seldom look at this trash, but I knew you regular idiots would be on here placing blame. I find it hard to believe adults would be doing this. May God bless this family and bring them comfort in the days to come.

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