A 15-year-old and a 7-year-old were injured in an accidental shooting in Jacksonville, FL at the end of December, according to reports.
The two minors sustained non-life-threatening injuries to their lower extremities, after which they were both brought to St. Vincent’s Medical-Center Riverside, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda posted an official statement on the department’s Twitter account, reading, “At this time, the shooting of both victims is being worked as an accidental shooting based on victim and witness statements.”
While the investigation is ongoing, the father of the 7-year-old involved in the altercation stated that he did not keep any guns on his property, and that he was unaware as to where the firearm came from. He was reportedly working when the shooting occurred.
While investigation into the details surrounding the accident is still unfolding, the Sheriff’s Office is urging local gunowners to take it as evidence of the need for proper safety measures. According to Buejda, the shooting “could have been prevented if proper firearm storage was completed,” concluding that, “Proper firearm storage is a must do ...not a choice.”
When Accidental Shootings Occur, Contact an Attorney
Too often in the state of Florida, accidents occur which could have been avoided with proper gun safety. While it may not be possible to stop gun accidents entirely, it is up to responsible firearm-owners to do everything in their power to prevent needless injuries.
A few ways to practice common-sense gun safety are:
- Treat the gun as if it’s always loaded: Whether you think your gun is loaded or not, it is a good idea to operate under the assumption that it is. Even if you’re sure your gun is not loaded, treating it with the utmost precaution is better than the alternative, as even the smallest miscalculation could have enormous ramifications.
- Don’t put your finger on the trigger unless you are going to fire: In conjunction with the last point, this is another example of being safe rather than sorry. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been a gunowner or how much experience you have with firearms, there’s no reason to be trigger-happy unless you actually need to fire.
- Only point your gun with an intent to fire: There is no reason to ever point your gun at something you don’t intend to shoot. As long as you are using it with the knowledge that it is a deadly weapon, made with the express purpose of hurting people, you should never feel the urge to point it at something arbitrarily, no matter how careful you think you are being.
If you are following all of these preventative measures and someone still ends up injured, or if you are injured because someone else has failed to obey common sense gun safety rules, it may be time to contact an attorney. Clearwater gun accident lawyer Bryan Caulfield has experience holding negligent parties responsible in firearm-related incidents and will fight to secure compensation for you. Don’t let a gun accident put the rest of your life in jeopardy. Contact Attorney Bryan Caulfield today.
Attorney Caulfield is available by phone at (727) 308-6060, or you can schedule a free consultation with him online.