Over the past year, we've seen a lot of stories involving fathers and "accidental" shootings involving their children. Many are highly suspicious--and this is one of them. Why would you be "clearing" a 20-gauge shotgun in the vicinity of a child? And the timing on this accident is certainly peculiar--just one day after your daughters arrive from out of state for summer visitation with Daddy. Hmm. If this wasn't a deliberate homicide disguised to look like an accident, this incident showed astonishing negligence as both a parent and as a gun owner.
Hat tip to Annie.
Child Shot and Killed by Father's Gun
By Shantel Middleton
Published: June 29, 2010
Updated: June 29, 2010 - 7:21 PM
CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. - An 11-year-old girl is dead after an apparent accidental shooting.
It happened just after five on Monday afternoon. According to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, 35-year-old Michael Lee Wyne II called to report that he accidentally shot his daughter.
Deputies and EMS arrived on the scene a short time later. The child was pronounced dead on the scene.
The Sheriff's investigation found that at the time of the shooting the father was apparently "clearing" out his 20-gauge shotgun. According to Deputies, it was at that time the shotgun fired. A bullet from the gun hit the victim.
Both of Wynne's daughters, the 11-year-old victim and a 12-year-old, had just arrived from Arkansas on Sunday. The case is still under investigation by the Sheriff's Office. No charges have been filed at this time.