A Tennessee boy, 7, was killed Monday afternoon after his eight-year-old brother, who was alone inside of the vehicle with his brother and two other children, found a loaded handgun inside of his mother’s purse. While the mother and the step-father were inside a Verizon store in Crossville, Tennessee, the child found the semi-automatic pistol, and according to reports, was trying to “unload” it when it fired, hitting his seven-year-old brother in the head.
Reports Nashville’s WSMV.com on Jan. 26: “Just before 3 p.m., dispatchers received a call that the boy was bleeding from his head in a business parking lot on Highway 127 North. When officers arrived on the scene, they found that four children had been left unattended in a vehicle while their mother and stepfather were inside the business paying a bill.”
The Tennessee boy, whose name was not released, was airlifted to a Knoxville hospital where he later died. Police said the shooting appears to be accidental. However, the Department of Children’s Services and the Cumberland County District Attorney General’s office are both involved in the investigation, and will determine if the parents, who are from the Sparta, in White County, will face any negligence charges.
“The child removed the magazine in an effort to unload the firearm. The firearm was accidentally discharged. The bullet that was in the chamber was fired, striking the victim in the head,” police said in a press release.
According to KnoxNews, the handgun was identified as a Taurus ACP .380, and the parents of the four children were named as Samantha Farley, 29, and Jacob Farley, 29. Police said it was unclear if Samantha had a valid Tennessee handgun carry permit. The other two children in the car were both girls, one nine years old and the other only four months old.
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A recent NBC news report discussed a startling statistic – since the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 20 children were killed, at least 555 children have died from gunshots — both intentional and accidental.
The report states the actual numbers are likely higher, since “suicides often are not covered by news media and other gun deaths sometimes go unreported.” Even so, the rate of violence works out to be just under one child dead every two days from a firearm in the United States.
This 7-year-old Tennessee boy is now the latest to die from a gunshot.