People are shot unintentionally every day in America. To call them accidents indicates they are unpreventable. They are all preventable. Education, licensing and the practice of locking up guns prevents accidents.
Until the enforcement of these three practices, the unintentional shootings listed below will continue. On February 6, 2020, the following unintentional firearms shootings injured or killed people.
12:49 a.m. Teenager in critical condition after shooting in Normandy, Jacksonville police say
A teenager is in critical condition after a shooting that took place early Sunday morning on 1400 Seawolf Trail N., which is located near Normandy Blvd.
JSO officers found the victim upon arriving on scene and transported the teenager to the hospital by private conveyance.
Violent Crime detectives are currently working on the investigation.
First Coast News Staff
2:00 a.m. 11-year-old boy shot Sunday morning in Bridgeton
An 11-year-old boy was shot in both legs after he and two other children exited their home on Falcon Street to see what the disturbance was in the nearby alley.
The incident happened at 2 a.m. Sunday morning according to the Bridgeton Police Department. When the boys exited the home to see what was going on, gunshots rang out, striking the child in both legs. Neighbors and responding officers provided first aid until the boy was rushed to Cooper University Hospital. Police say he is recovering in stable condition. No other injuries were reported and police do not have any suspects in custody at this time.
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5:00 a.m. Man shot, seriously wounded at Wicker Park club
Just after closing at 5 a.m., roughly 10 bullets were fired into The Point at 1565 N. Milwaukee, which is located on a hot nightlife and retail strip. The victim, who isn’t believed to be the intended target, was struck in the right eye and later rushed to Stroger Hospital, according to Chicago police and a law enforcement source.
The Point’s owner, Jun Lin, said a squad car had been parked outside of the club until 5 a.m. for extra precaution, but he told the officers to leave around then. About five minutes after the car pulled away, Lin said someone began firing into the bar, where a Phish cover band had performed earlier.
Officers ultimately responded to multiple calls of gunfire and found the victim bleeding on the floor of the club, according to an internal police report. The shooter was seen firing into the bar from across the street before running off, according to the report.
“I saw on camera, he walked in front of the bar [and] didn’t come in,” Lin said. “I don’t know if he was inside earlier or not. … He walked across the street and started shooting.”
The man who was struck had just left work at another bar and stopped at The Point when the shots rang out, the law enforcement source said.
Chicago Sun Times
11:00 a.m. Suspect, 18, Arrested in Shooting of 14-Year-Old in Homestead
An 18-year-old has been arrested in the shooting of a 14-year-old in Homestead that left the younger teen critically injured.
The shooting happened just after 11 a.m. Sunday at an apartment complex in the 800 block of East Mowry Drive. Police said a group of four teenagers ages 14 to 18 were playing with a 35mm handgun.
A witness said the 18-year-old, identified as Jose Thomas Rios, was brandishing the firearm and showing it on social media, laughing as he said, “I am going to kill you,” police said. At that point, Rios fired one shot, hitting the 14-year-old in the chest, the witness told police. The teen, who was not identified, was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center in extremely critical condition.
Police arrested Rios on several charges, including attempted manslaughter and child neglect. He was booked into jail, and attorney information wasn’t available.
“I feel sad for the boy, it never should have happened,” Father Alfredo Rios said Monday. He said he was shocked to learn what happened and didn’t know where his son got the gun. “If I knew he had a gun I would have thrown it away. I wasn’t aware of it, he is only 18, he isn’t supposed to have a gun,” Alfredo Rios said.
Neighbors said they heard gunshots and were surprised to learn what happened. “I came outside. I heard the ambulance. I got scared,” a neighbor who did not want to be named said. “This is a quiet complex. This stuff doesn’t happen. It just freaks you out that this happens to your kids, which is very sad these days how people play with guns, and they don’t know what they’re getting themselves into.”
“The circumstances of the shooting are a little bit alarming, and we are seeing too much of it,” Homestead Police spokesman Fernando Morales said.
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11:30 a.m. 2 children, ages 3 and 4, injured in accidental shooting in North County
Two children were injured in an accidental shooting in North County on Sunday. St. Louis County Police later confirmed the children were 3 and 4 years old.
Police arrived at the home in the 1200 block of Scott Ave. at 11:30 a.m. and found two girls shot. Officers said the children found their parent’s gun in a coat and fired it by accident.
Both of the children were taken to the hospital with one listed in critical condition and the other with non-life-threatening injuries.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.
2:26 p.m. Police: Panda Express employee allegedly shoots self at work
Huntsville Police say an employee at Panda Express allegedly shot themselves at work Sunday.
Officers responded to reports of a shooting on HWY 72 W in Madison Sunday afternoon. Police say officers soon found a victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Investigators believe the shooting was a self-inflicted accidental shooting.
HPD says the victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to be ok.
The incident is still under investigation.
11:00 p.m. Baltimore man, 48, hit by stray bullet while sleeping inside his home, residents rattled
Violent crime in Baltimore appears to be showing no signs of slowing down. One of the latest shootings, a man shot while asleep in his bed. It’s another example of how the gun violence is impacting innocent people just going about their lives.
At the Rosalind Townhomes on Rosalind Avenue in north Baltimore, neighbors are calling it an outrageous shooting. It happened just a few doors down from Courtney Matthew’s home.
It could’ve been anybody on this block,” said Matthews. “It’s really sad to just be sleeping in your bed and out of nowhere you get shot and you wake up thinking your dreaming and it actually happened. So, it’s very scary,” she added.
Police got the call Sunday night just before midnight. Investigators say a 48-year-old man was sleeping inside his home when a stray bullet came through the wall and struck the victim.
You can see the bullet hole just below the upstairs bedroom window.
Paramedics took the man to the hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
The shooting at the townhome comes after a violent weekend. Between Friday and Sunday, police say there were three non-fatal shootings and two homicides.
Police are working now to find out where that bullet came from and who shot it.