Monday, July 23, 2012

Accidental Shooting Death of Illinois 10-Year-old by His Little Sister - No Charges

local news reports

A ten-year-old Granite City boy is dead following an accidental shooting in rural Dix involving his seven-year-old sister.  Jefferson County Sheriff Roger Mulch says the body of 10-year-old Christian Clark was found lying inside of a motor home recreational vehicle located in a wooded area adjacent to the Modert Clark residence in the 13,000 block of Baseline Road. 

The initial investigation indicates the victim and his seven-year-old sister, Halee Clark, were inside the motor home that is used as a hunting cabin when young Halee picked up a long gun.  Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Jo Marks says a round accidentally discharged and struck Christian in the head, resulting in his death. 

Marks says there were a few guns laying out and the one the young girl picked up contained just the one shell that resulted in her brother's death.  Marks reported the girl immediately left the vehicle to tell family members that her brother had been hurt.  Christian was pronounced dead on the scene.

This is the disgraceful business that goes on day in and day out. The equivalent of 10 Aurora Shootings every single day go largely unnoticed as we keep rehashing what young Mr. Holmes did.

I say enough is enough. What's your opinion?

Please leave a comment.


  1. The parents and gun owner(s) should be charge with criminal negligence.

    They should permanently lose all rights to firearms, and the children should be removed from their custody permanently for this.

    No charges sends the message that this was acceptable behavior instead of an avoidable death. There would have been an entirely different standard applied had one of the kids died from drugs in the RV, for example.

    The standard should be that not taking proper care to secure lethal weapons is a serious crime.

  2. Amen, Dog Gone.

    Posted to Kid Shootings blog.