Louisville Kentucky Child “Accidentally” Shot by Young Brother


August 17, 2016 – New York Daily News

A 10-year-old Iowa boy died Tuesday from an accidental shooting after his grandfather brought him to a gun range exclusive to law enforcement, police said.


Cade Hartwig, of Clear Lake, died in a hospital two days after suffering a pellet gun wound to the head, police said.

Police said the boy was shot at a private, city-owned range in Garner, open only to members of law enforcement. The victim’s grandfather, identified as Tom Hartwig Sr., brought him and a younger grandson to the range Sunday afternoon.

It remains unclear how the shooting happened.

The shooting remains under investigation, but “no charges are expected to be filed at this time,” Garner City Administrator Randy Lansing said in a statement.

Lansing told the Daily News he was not sure of the grandfather’s connection to law enforcement, but said the man is not in the Garner Police Department. The grandmother did not return messages from the News.

There have been more than 375 accidental shootings of children in 2016 so far, according to data compiled by Gun Violence Archive.

“Accidental” shooting of 9 year old by brother, 11 years old

August 16, 2016 – The Clarion Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi

What initially appeared to be an accidental shooting Monday evening under additional investigation may not have been, Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said.

Jesse O’Neal Courson, 9, of Byhalia, was found shot after he and his brother were left at home alone on Monday while their mother was at work.

Marshall County Coroner James Anderson said Jesse died of multiple gunshot wounds. It appears he was shot in the back of the head, in the arm, and in the chest. The brother’s name has not been released, and Dickerson said at this point no charges have been filed.

“The facts as well as an investigative file will be turned over to youth court, who look into matters with children this age, and it will be entirely up to them,” Dickerson said.

The older brother contacted a neighbor and told him that his brother had been shot, Dickerson said. The neighbor called 911. Anderson said the initial call came in around 6:55 p.m., but he was called around 8 p.m. after responders tried to resuscitate the child.

A gun was recovered about 500 feet behind the house, and authorities believe it is the weapon involved in the shooting. Dickerson said there are no additional suspects or persons of interest in the case.

“Cases like this are not easy to deal with,” Dickerson said.

Alabama Couple Charged in “Accidental” Shooting

August 15, 2016 – WHNT News 19, Colbert County, Alabama

A grand jury indicted a couple in the accidental shooting death of a 2-year-old.

screen-shot-2016-07-15-at-2-58-12-pmWilliam Whitfield and his wife Chelsie Whitfield face manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Robert Michael Reaves in July.  Reaves is the son of Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Chief Keith Reaves.

The incident happened on July 14th at the Whitfield home on Highway 157.  Robert Michael Reaves was taken to Helen Keller Hospital where he died from his injuries.