A 10-year-old girl was shot and killed Sunday in Kanawha County in what police say was an accidental shooting involving another child.
A 911 call was made around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, reporting that the girl was accidentally shot while she and a 9-year-old boy were "target practicing" with a shotgun in Quick, according to dispatchers.
While further details of the case have not been released, Sheriff's Department Cpl. Brian Humphreys said generally in cases like these involving minors, negligence of the parents must be investigated.
The preliminary investigation points to an accidental shooting, Humphreys said, and neglect is typically harder to prove in cases involving a 10-year-old as compared to a toddler.
"At this age, it's pretty much impossible to watch their every move ... they are not inherently careless at this age," Humphreys said. "We're not blaming the parents, but we do urge everyone to make sure that your firearms are secure.
"Store them in a box that only you know the combination to," he said. "They were so young. ... Everyone has learned a hard lesson in safety."
Gun-rights fanatics are perfectly OK with the sheriff's reaction to this. Neglect is hard to prove when the kids are 1o years old, says the idiotic hillbilly. How in the world can allowing kids who are 9 and 10 access to a shotgun NOT be neglect?
He goes on to offer advice.
The family of that little girl should make such a stink that the sheriff loses his job and the responsible parents of the young shooter end up in jail. But that won't happen, for one reason, because they're probably as guilty as everyone else in accepting these totally avoidable and negligent situations as simple accidents.
Our own commenters support this. It's pathetic and despicable.