This seems to be happening much more frequently these days:
A young boy managed to get hold of a gun Thursday afternoon and shot his mother in the face as they both rode in a work truck on Interstate 95, Johnston County authorities said.
Authorities were investigating how the boy got his hands on the gun.
It can't be that big a mystery. The gun was either in the glove compartment or under the seat. Or maybe in her purse. But whatever the case, it was also loaded. And if it was an automatic, a round had probably already been chambered. Which would make the "idiot" checklist complete. Here's another one, this time taking the life of a 10 year-old girl:
A 10-year-old North Carolina girl has died after being shot in what authorities say may have been the result of mishandling of a gun by a family member.
WRAL-TV reports that Halifax County deputies were called to Bobolink Trail in Hollister at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday for a report of a juvenile being shot. By the time they arrived, they learned the girl had died from her injuries. Deputies said an investigation indicates that the girl may have been shot accidently by a relative who mishandled a firearm.
No other details were immediately available. The shooting remains under investigation.
And another one:
North Carolina police say a 25-year-old mother was killed and a child was injured after an accidental shooting occurred while she was in a bedroom with her children.
Officers arrived and found a woman in a bedroom. The victim, Gabriel Alexis Henderson, was pronounced dead by MEDIC. After an investigation, officers said they found the only people at the home were Henderson with her five children. A small semi-automatic handgun was found on the bed where the victim was found.
WBTV reported that four of the children were in the bedroom at the time and investigators believe the children found the gun inside their mother’s person (purse?). The youngest child was also shot and was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
And another one:
A 6-year-old boy is recovering in a North Carolina hospital after deputies said he was hurt in an accidental shooting in Nash County.
According to WNCN and WRAL, the incident occurred about 2 p.m. Tuesday at a home on Maggie Road in Nashville. Nash County sheriff’s deputies said the boy was home with his 16-year-old brother and his friends when one of the teens began showing off a gun, WNCN reported. The gun somehow discharged, accidentally striking the 6-year-old, deputies said.
Emergency crews flew the child to a nearby hospital, where he had surgery, according to the news outlets. Authorities expect him to survive, WNCN reported.
Investigators said the victim’s parents weren’t at home during the incident, according to WRAL.
And left an unsecured firearm at home. Here's another one:
The family of a 15-year-old Greensboro teen is mourning his life after it was taken by what his family is calling an accidental shooting.
His family told FOX8 on Sunday that Dytwan and his friends were hanging out at someone’s house located on the 1000 block of Fir Place when a gun they had somehow went off—striking the teen and ending his life.
A funeral will be held next Tuesday, Feb. 9 on what would have been Dytwan’s 16th birthday.
A juvenile was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter in relation to his killing.
One dead, one headed to jail. For an accident. And of course you've probably already heard about this dumbass:
An anti-abortion protester is facing a criminal charge after accidentally shooting himself in the leg at outside a North Carolina abortion clinic.
Raleigh Police say the shooting occurred Saturday around 9 a.m. outside A Woman's Choice of Raleigh. Police say the man fired his weapon accidentally, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
He was charged with possession of a firearm at a protest. Police did not release his name.
The clinic issued a news release criticizing police response to the shooting as insufficient. “We have been asking for RPD’s support for years and they’ve been dismissive of the harassment, intimidation, threats, and acts of violence against our staff, volunteers, and patients,” the clinic said in its statement. The clinic called the criminal charge “a slap on the wrist.”
All of these incidents occurred in North Carolina, in the last 2 1/2 months.