• December 02, 2019

14-year-old Killed in Abilene, TX Accidental Shooting

Abilene, TX -- November 29, 2019, a boy sustained fatal injuries after an accident where he was shot in the head at a friend's house.

Investigators with the Abilene Police Department said the accident happened at around 7:48 p.m.

The victim, a 14-year-old, was with two friends at one of their houses. According to initial reports, the homeowner had a gun in the house, and she left the boys unattended. One of them went and got the mother's gun. While handling it, the 14-year-old accidentally shot himself in the head.

Rescue teams transported the boy to a hospital in critical condition, but he died the following morning. None of the other boys were hurt.

Police say they may file charges against the mother for providing access to a firearm. The incident is still under investigation.

Commentary

Whether or not police decide to file charges, generally speaking, gun owners are responsible for accidents like this. Put simply, allowing minors to use a firearm unsupervised--intentionally or not--is negligent. There are steps that responsible gun owners take to prevent this sort of thing. If they take reasonable steps, usually minors can't get to the firearm even if they know where it is. The fact that these minors got the gun and the fact it ended in tragedy suggests that proper steps weren't taken to secure the gun. Under Texas law, that typically makes the gun owner liable for the victim's death. There should be a more thorough investigation into how this terrible event was allowed to happen.

--Grossman Law Offices

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