Child shot in leg

2013-02-21T06:00:00Z Child shot in legBy CALEY COOK - Elko Daily Free Press
February 21, 2013 6:00 am  • 

SPRING CREEK — Emergency personnel transported a 4-year-old girl to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after she was shot in the leg by a family member, said Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitts.

The girl, whose name was not released, is expected to survive, Pitts said.

Deputies believe that a family member, who they also did not name, was putting a gun away or taking it out of its hard case when it discharged at the home on Blackstone Drive in Spring Creek.

The bullet hit the child in the upper thigh area, Pitts said.

He did not specify whether it was an accidental discharge, as detectives are still investigating the incident.

Initial dispatch communication indicated that the female family member who called in the incident was uncooperative. A dispatcher said she hung up twice on the dispatch personnel and was unable to provide information about the condition of the child, according to police scanner conversation.

Summit Air was initially dispatched to the scene, but left without transporting the child, who was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

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(21) Comments

  1. veritas
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    veritas - February 27, 2013 5:13 pm
    Again, cite your sources. If your statistics are valid, I'd like to see them in a published and accepted format.
  2. DEBoyd
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    DEBoyd - February 27, 2013 10:28 am
    Because of course simply everyone disputes the proven dangers of lead in paint. "The "If even one ..." formulation completely rejects this process and simply can't be made to work." is my argument. Your smoke screen of disputing statistics doesn't change the truth of it.
  3. veritas
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    veritas - February 27, 2013 9:51 am
    Don't make me laugh. Cite your sources, but include only lead paint, not occupational lead poisoning, or residential lead pipes or anything else lead that is not lead paint. Your logic is flawed and BS doesn't change it.
  4. DEBoyd
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    DEBoyd - February 27, 2013 7:08 am
    Not so. If lead paint had been shown to cause only a handful of deaths for the hundreds of millions exposed to it it never would have been banned. However, it was shown that it caused thousands of deaths and millions of injuries so it was. That is the cost benefit we make with autos too. If the benefits are huge and the costs minimal (tiny) we take the risk. The "If even one ..." formulation completely rejects this process and simply can't be made to work.
  5. veritas
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    veritas - February 26, 2013 1:20 pm
    Seriously, that's what you're going with? Using your logic, lead paint must be allowed in housing interiors as it would lead to only a few deaths from lead poisoning and would be only a tiny tragedy.The inherent truth being that lead paint is deadly, motor vehicles are relatively safe, due to technology and built in safety features.
  6. DEBoyd
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    DEBoyd - February 26, 2013 11:12 am
    I assume by "these people" you mean the first 6 out of 7 posters who didn't waste a second turning this discussion into judgments about events of which they have no first hand knowledge and an indictment of gun ownership?
  7. Angelbear123
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    Angelbear123 - February 26, 2013 10:27 am
    Yeah right. What's wrong with these people. Poor little kid. I feel bad for the kid.
  8. DEBoyd
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    DEBoyd - February 26, 2013 9:27 am
    My adjective tiny had a particular meaning relating to scope not importance. All tragedies are important. But not all can be allowed to mandate a mad rush to dispense with cost/benefit. If fact, very few can. The construct that, "if even one child's life can be saved by (fill in the blank) we must do it" leads to a logic that would demand 5 mph speed limits. No one buys this anywhere in their lives. Why should guns be an exception?
  9. veritas
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    veritas - February 26, 2013 6:02 am
    A tragedy cannot be "tiny". If it is inconsequential, it would not be a tragedy. I truly hope it's not your kid who is shot, wounded or killed by the "tiny" tragedy of irresponsible use of firearms, accidental or not. Then we'll see how tiny it is.
  10. DEBoyd
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    DEBoyd - February 26, 2013 5:52 am
    For a sense of proportion, 4 million unintentional deaths = huge tragedy. 1 death = tiny tragedy. Treating them the same makes it impossible to formulate policies and law we can live with.
  11. DEBoyd
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    DEBoyd - February 25, 2013 8:38 pm
    Ya I know, "if even one has to ...". Please.
  12. veritas
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    veritas - February 25, 2013 7:07 pm
    Please define "tiny" tragedy.
  13. veritas
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    veritas - February 25, 2013 6:53 pm
    Where's the followup to this story? Why was the caller so fearful of calling for help? Why was the firearm handled so carelessly so as to actually fire a shot into a child? Were they all drunk? On drugs? On probation? Stolen firearm? Or were they all stupid? Here's where some documentation would be helpful, as well as mandatory classes for safe use and safe storage. Own all the guns you want, but don't be shooting me or any other innocents who might be in the line of fire.
  14. DEBoyd
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    DEBoyd - February 23, 2013 1:52 pm
    A few numbers and facts; (most from the mid-2000's)

    Yearly number of children under 14 unintentionally injured by firearms - 2500.
    Yearly number of unintentional firearm deaths for children under 4 - 65
    Yearly number of non-fatal unintentional injuries for children under 4 - over 4 million.

    Number of people with no sense of proportion but an inordinate need to twist every tiny tragedy into an indictment of gun ownership - too many.

    Ya I know, "if even one has to ...". Please.
  15. JCG
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    JCG - February 23, 2013 9:03 am
    Dear Auntie,
    It frightens me that you could be so casual about this. I suspect you leave loaded weapons ready to fire laying around your home as well? But that's okay, accidents happen and those who are not trained on how to handle a loaded gun are simply excused due to ignorance.

    Is this what we have come to?
  16. Lweyle
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    Lweyle - February 22, 2013 9:08 pm
    If a gun in a case is discharged it may be accidental in the sense it was not intentional but it sounds like reasonable care was not exercised by the person in possession of the gun and case... and negligence can be criminal. A person driving an auto under the influence who causes a collision may not have intended the harm but has engaged in criminal conduct. Only if the weapon had a design or manufacturing defect that caused it to discharge would the party in possession not be negligent in most cases - why was a bullet chambered, why was the safety off, why no trigger lock?
  17. Lweyle
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    Lweyle - February 22, 2013 2:56 pm
    The gun went off when it was in a gun case. In the history of firearms, I have never heard of a spontaneous discharge. It sounds like a trigger of a loaded gun in a gun case was somehow activated. The gun should not have had a bullet in the chamber and/or the safety should have been on. It sounds like human negligence was a factor in this incident and people who fail to exercise reasonable care with a firearm which injures another human being should ordinarily be prosecuted.
  18. BetterThatYouMindYours
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    BetterThatYouMindYours - February 22, 2013 12:01 pm
    Excuse me? A moron with a LOADED gun in a gun case who somehow manages to fire it when it's IN a gun case? And then the woman who repeatedly obstructed the paramedics? Not trying to cover up anything much? Pity they didn't just shoot each other and then the kid could get brought up by normal people. But I'm sure the D.A will agree with you that nobody needs to take responsibility just for shooting a kid. After all, this is Nevada, not Connecticut.
  19. mindyourown
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    mindyourown - February 22, 2013 8:08 am
    i think it's sad to hear the things people can say about other people they don't know. i am that lil girl's aunt and i was there when it happened. she never touched that gun and NOBODY intentionally shot her. the gun went off while in a gun case, as if it's your business.. she is fine, she needed a few stitches and that was it. the paper made it sound worse than it was. my family is not irresponsible, ACCIDENTS happen. next time maybe you should think before you judge
  20. Lweyle
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    Lweyle - February 21, 2013 10:07 pm
    Good idea to arm our toddlers! They may have trouble operating a firearm so to improve their chances and even the playing field they should be armed with child-size fully automatic weapons. I wonder what the District Attorney will do with the shooter? Probably nothing. And so the saga of the irresponsible use of firearms continues unchecked. Poor child - she may be permanently injured - poor us - it is our duty to protect our children who are unable to protect themselves and our representative, the District Attorney, will likely do nothing.
  21. ChuckWise
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    ChuckWise - February 21, 2013 1:41 pm
    The only way to stop a bad family member with a gun is a good family member with a gun. Arm our toddlers!
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