Thursday, June 26, 2008

Joliet boy, 3, playing with handgun fatally shoots self in head

OUCH!!! I can only imagine that if there was a press conference some police officer might say that a gun shouldn't be kept in the home as had happened in another local case where a child shot himself playing with a gun. To me it's not a matter of a gun shouldn't be kept in a home it's just that someone isn't keeping that gun in a secure place in hopes that their child won't get his hands on it.

A 3-year-old Joliet boy died Wednesday afternoon after a loaded handgun he was playing with went off in his home on the city's east side.

The child, Julius Rogers, apparently was alone in the living room playing with a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun around 12:40 p.m. when it fired a round that hit him in the head, said Joliet Police Chief Fred Hayes.

The boy's mother was in the kitchen at the time of the shooting, Hayes said.

Police Wednesday evening did not expect charges to be filed against the mother, Hayes said.
In other news and I'll place this in a separate post, the DC gun ban has been struck down, if I find an article to that I'll post it as well. Of course that's not to turn this into a gun themed day.

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