Unintentional shootings by kids rose 31% during pandemic, new data shows

New data released Monday by the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety finds that unintentional shootings by children rose 31% between March and December of 2020 from the same period the previous year. The data, which were shared in advance with CBS News, also shows that the grim trend continued into the first half of […]

Mom of Englewood teen accused in fatal shooting arrested for letting son keep guns

The mother of a Charlotte County teen accused in the accidental shooting death of his girlfriend has been arrested. Lori Lynn Wik, 46, was jailed Wednesday morning for letting her 17-year-old son Hayden possess a gun illegally. According to the arrest affidavit, Wik let her son keep guns in a gun safe in his bedroom […]

Person accidentally shoots self in Port Charlotte, CCSO says

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday it’s investigating an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. The incident occurred at the Springs Apartment complex at 24151 Beatrix Blvd. The 911 call came in at about 3:40 a.m. The victim was flown to the hospital and is in stable condition, deputies said. CCSO did not release any further […]

Child found gun, accidentally killed sibling and injured self in Clewiston, DCF reports

The Department of Children and Families has released information on a shooting in Clewiston that killed one child and injured another. According to DCF, the shooting was accidental where a 5-year-old sibling found a loaded weapon in a vehicle which discharged, fatally injuring their 4-year-old sibling. The shooting occurred on Friday in a Subway parking […]

5-year-old shot in Clewiston now stable, sheriff says

Detectives are continuing to investigate a shooting in Clewiston that killed one child and sent a second child to a trauma center Friday afternoon. On Saturday, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office said the 5-year-old child flown to a trauma center is now in stable condition. The shooting was reported as accidental but the case remains […]

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Fort Myers police: Child accidentally shot, killed another child

A child that died in Fort Myers on Sunday was accidentally shot by another child, Fort Myers police said. The shooting occurred at 7:15 p.m. at the Columbus Square Shopping Center at 3513 Fowler Street. In a news release, Fort Myers police called the incident an accidental shooting where one child under 10 years old […]