Crying and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, a frightened 9-year-old boy accused of accidentally shooting a classmate sat before a judge in juvenile court Thursday as his father gently rubbed his back.The father is quoted as saying, "I just want everyone to know that my kid made a mistake. It was a terrible mistake;" however, no one is quoted about the abject stupidity of leaving a gun lying around where a nine year old could access it.
The scene — coming a day after police said the boy accidently shot a fellow third-grader — raised questions that will be played out in the legal system: Did he know what he did was wrong? And is anyone else responsible?
Cdogzilla links to a story about a pastor's 20 year old daughter who was mortally wounded in her father's church when her fiancée was showing another church member his gun.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Hannah Kelley was pronounced dead at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday at Bayfront Medical Center. An autopsy is pending.Closer to home, a 102 year old Greensboro man shot his 84 year old wife before turning the gun on himself.
Kelley had been hospitalized since Feb. 12, when she was struck in the head by a bullet at Grace Connection Church in St. Petersburg, where her father Tim Kelley is pastor.
Investigators have said Moises Zambrana was showing his gun in a small closet to another church member interested in buying a firearm. The St. Petersburg Times reports that the other church member, Dustin Bueller, was Hannah Kelley's fiancée.
Just another average week of gun-related mayhem.