How many accidental shootings need to happen before we realize that guns and people — especially stupid, careless people — don’t mix?
When this 12-year-old boy from Kentucky returns to school, he’ll have something interesting to write in his “What I Did During Summer Vacation” essay.
Unfortunately, that “something” involved an accidental shooting by his next door neighbor in the Daytona Beach, Fla. hotel where the boy and his family were staying. The Georgia tourist dropped his 9 mm pistol while removing it from his briefcase when it fired. Oops.
Much to the relief of the boy’s mother, father, and 10-year-old brother, the accidental shooting left a bruise, but no other injuries. Apparently, the sheet rock and other materials in the wall slowed down the bullet.
As for the Georgia tourist, the man got hauled into the police station for questioning. Although Florida does honor gun permits issued by the state of Georgia, the man still may have to answer to charges of criminal negligence.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood expressed his concerns about firearms and safety in this popular tourist destination to WESH:
“We could have a dead 12-year-old kid here where families are on vacation and somebody wants to be negligent with a firearm.”
Randy Callihan, who was also staying at the hotel, added:
“It’s really serious having firearms in rooms like that. I don’t see (any) reason for it because there (are) nothing but children and families here.”
Poor kid doesn’t have the best luck on his vacations… he told reporters that last time they came, he got stung by jellyfish. We hope the rest of this boy’s stay in Daytona Beach proves uneventful.
WESH reports on accidental shooting.
Here’s the video with from WESH’s report on the accidental shooting from Daytona Beach, Fla.