A 14-year-old boy in Fort Worth, Texas was being shown a gun by a 24-year-old acquaintance on Thursday evening, in a show and tell that has now turned deadly.
This was another “responsible” gun owner who was wrong when he thought his gun was empty, shooting the teen in the face. The man with the gun later told police that he thought the gun was unloaded.
The victim was rushed to the hospital where he later died and the shooter fled the scene although he did return later to tell the police that it was an accident and that he had believed the gun to be empty.
No names have been released and the 24-year-old has been released from custody. Police say that neither the victim or the shooter lived in the home where the shooting took place and while it is known that they did know one another the nature of their relationship has not been released either. The investigation is ongoing.
Since no charges have yet been filed it appears that the gun was legally owned and registered, though not properly handled. If nothing else the owner of this gun is guilty of gross negligence, one of the first lessons any gun owner learns is that all weapons should be treated as if they are loaded no matter how certain you are that it is not. When the responsible gun owner follows that simple rule 14-year-old boys do not die of a gunshot wound to the face.
h/t: Freak Out Nation