Since 2013, Kansas City has recorded eleven incidents of children injured or killed as they accidentally shoot themselves. The most recent case took place last August 6, 2017 when a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot himself inside their family’s apartment in South Kansas City.
Police were called to the scene of the accident in the 9600 block of Lydia Avenue before 1:15 a.m. The boy was immediately brought to the hospital but was, unfortunately, pronounced dead on arrival.
According to the reports, the father of the boy was with him at the time of the shooting and believed to be the same person who called the police.
The shooting was a third one for this year. The first accident took place on June 25 when an 8-year-old girl was severely wounded after she was accidentally shot in the head by another child while on a playground in Kansas City.
On July 21, a gun left by its owner in a house in Kansas City resulted in the hospitalization of a 10-year-old boy who found it and accidentally shoots himself.
Gun safety awareness organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, said that the recent shooting incident in South Kansas City was the 162nd case of unintentional shooting by a child recorded this year. Furthermore, they were able to record 264 accidental shootings nationwide in 2016 and 278 in 2015.
Source: The Kansas City Star