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12 dead, 22 wounded: 30 months of accidental shootings involving children in Pa.

Twelve people died in Pennsylvania and 22 were wounded in accidental shootings involving children between Jan. 1, 2014 and June 30, 2016, according to a database compiled by the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive.

The youngest of those who died was 1 year old. Five of those killed were younger than 12.

Gun Violence Archive researchers tracking media, government an commercial sources, found more than 1,000 accidental shootings involving children across the country in the 2 1/2 years, resulting in the deaths of 320 minors and 30 adults. 

 The organization chronicled 34 accidental shootings involving minors in Pennsylvania during that time. Here’s a look at each of those cases:

Feb. 20, 2014

A 13-year-old was shot in the leg in Pittsburgh’s Morningside neighborhood just after 8 p.m. Police say a 22-year-old man brought a high-powered rifle to the home to have it cleaned by the girl’s uncle, and it somehow discharged.

March 22, 2014

Sixteen-year-old Kenneth Lampkin was accidentally shot by his best friend while “playing army.

Police say Lampkin was shot by James Robinson, Jr., also 60, at Lampkins home on Zara Street in Knoxville and taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he died.

WPIX Channel 11 reported that Lampkin lost an older brother to gun violence a couple years earlier, and had pledged that his mother wouldn’t have to bury another child.

April 5, 2014

Police say a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 11-year-old sister in their home on Wallace Street, Philadelphia.

 The 11-year-old, Jamara Stevens, and her three siblings, ages 14, 7 and 2, were in a bedroom with their mother, Tiffany Goldwire, when Goldwire left to use the bathroom. The children founded a loaded firearm, which had been left on top of the refrigerator by the mother’s boy friend earlier that day, and were playing with it when Jamara was shot.

 May 3, 2014

Police said 10-year-old Hunter Pederson was shot in the head by his uncle, 34-year-old Chad Olm, in a home near Dingmans Ferry.

The fatal shooting happened when Olm, during a family gathering, was showing his gun collection to Pederson and Olm’s own son. According to police, he was showing the boys how the laser sight on a Glock 27 worked when it went off, hitting Pederson in the forehdad.

Olm later pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 3 ½ to 15 years in prison.

May 14, 2014

A 15-year-old was shot in the right hand in what police believe was the accidental firing of a weapon in North Philadelphia.

Sept. 15, 2014

A 13-year-old boy was shot by a 16-year-old boy in the 3600 block of North Marvine St., North Philadelphia. Police, calling it an accidental shooting, said the 13-year-old was shot twice in the stomach. The boy survived the wound.

Sept. 29, 2014

Williamsport police said an 8-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the left hand near Second and Locust streets the evening of Sept. 29, 2014. It appeared that the wound was self-inflicted, police said

 Oct. 18, 2014

A 48-year-old man was shot by a child, age unknown, in a hunting accident, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commision.

Oct. 27, 2014

State police say a 12-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the abdomen after mishandling a .22-caliber rifle in her home. Police say the girl had grabbed the rifle and was returning it to a safe when it fell and discharged in her Snyder Township home.

Nov. 15, 2014

A 10-year-old shot himself in the face with his father’s gun while sitting inside an SUV in Sharon Hill in Delaware County.

The boy was waiting with his sister in the vehicle, outside an auto repair shop, when he found his father’s .357 caliber revolver and it went off, police told NBC10. The father was inside the shop.

The boy survived.

Dec. 29, 2014

An 8-year-old was shot once in the left shoulder in the 2600 block of Palethorp St., Kensington. Information on how the shooting occurred was not immediately available

March 5, 2015

Ivan Oberholtzer, 17, was playing with a gun he found on the street in his Kensington neighborhood a few days earlier when it went off, shooting his friend, 17-year-old James Becker, in the stomach.

Becker later died at Hahnemann University Hospital.

“He took the clip out, he thought there no bullets in it, but there was one obviously still in the chamber,” Captain James Clark of Philadelphia Police told CBS Channel 3.

March 21, 2015

An 11-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the head by her brother inside their home in the 6000 block of Charles Street, Philadelphia

Police said, according to CBS Channel 3, that the girl’s 14-year-old brother was playing with a gun he took from his father’s unlocked dresser drawer when the weapon went off. The bullet ricocheted off a wall and struck the girl in the back of the head.

She survived the wound.

March 26, 2015

Two-year-old Zachary Lee shot himself with a loaded handgun that his mother’s boyfriend left lying on the bedroom floor of their Montoursville home while he and the child’s mother were in the shower.

The mother, a registered nurse, found her son on a sofa with the gun in his lap. She used a clean diaper to apply pressure to the wound, from which the boy eventually recovered.

Asher told police the gun, for which he had a concealed carry permit for protection purposes, had been on the floor in an upstairs bedroom.

The boyfriend, 22-year-old Cody A. Asher, was later convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault.

April 18, 2015

A young Amish girl was shot with a shotgun at a farm in Lackawannock Township in Mercer County.

Police say the girl’s father was out shooting groundhogs and other rodents, when he put the shotgun down to go fishing. Police initially said there were other children nearby that they believed one of them had caused the unattended gun to go off, shooting the 9-year-old in the abdomen.

May 2, 2015

A 16-year-old boy shot and injured himself with a shotgun in the 8000 block of Ruskin Lane, Upper Darby.

June 15, 2015

A 3-year-old boy found an unsecured firearm and shot his 22-year-old mother in the foot in their home in the 1400 block of Devers Road, York.

The wound was not life-threatening.

June 17, 2015

A 14-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound in the 300 block of Jacunda Street, Pittsburgh.

Aug. 5, 2015

A 9-year-old boy was teasing his dog with the laser sight on his sleeping father’s pistol when he accidentally shot his 6-year-old half-brother in the neck, Ford City police told WTAE Channel 4.

The boy’s father and stepmother, Christopher and Crista McNeely, were charged with child endangerment because state police said both of them knew the father’s loaded pistol had been left on a kitchen counter.

Aug. 6, 2015

A 21-year-old man in Smicksburg, Indiana County, was accidentally shot and killed by his 12-year-old cousin.

The coroner told WTAE of Pittsburgh that the 12-year-old, who wasn’t identified, was holding a black powder revolver when the victim, Allen Troyer, grabbed the barrel of the gun. That caused it to fire, fatally wounding Troyer in the chest.

Aug. 12, 2015

An 8-year-old boy told police he was at the Lonnie Young Recreation Center on Chelten Avenue and Ardleigh Street in Germantown at 5:07 p.m. when he found a handgun inside a plastic bag. The boy said he picked it up and accidentally shot himself in the left foot.

Sept. 1, 2015

A 22-month-old child was accidentally shot and killed by his stepfather in their Allegheny County apartment.

Harrison Marshman Jr. 31, later pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children.

Marshman told detectives that the boy picked up the gun from the couch, so Marshman removed the magazine. Police say Marshman told officers the boy picked it up again and when he grabbed the gun from the child to clear the live round, he shot the toddler in the chest.

Sept. 5, 2015

A 15-year-old shot himself in the leg and was taken to Harrisburg hospital at the same time that a group of teens in the area were vandalizing cars and ransacking businesses.

Sept. 28, 2015

Three people, including an 8-year-old girl, were wounded after a man accidentally fired a gun inside a home in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia, police said.

Police say the man picked up a gun outside a home on the 5000 block of Boudinot Street. The gun then accidentally went off and entered the front bedroom of the house, according to officials. An 8-year-old girl was grazed in the left leg, a 22-year-old woman was struck in the thigh and a 26-year-old woman was grazed in the back.

Oct. 24, 2015

A 7-year-old was accidentally shot in the arm by an older sibling in a residential neighborhood of Mill Creek, police said. According to police, the boy was in the back seat of a vehicle with two siblings, in the driveway of a residence, when he took out a handgun from the center console. An older sibling says he was pulling the gun away from the child when it discharged. The 7-year-old survived.

Nov. 15, 2015

Twelve-year old Marlin Banks Jr., accidentally shot and killed himself inside a home on the 200 block of N. Richland Avenue in the city of York.

Nov. 25, 2015

A 17-year Uniontown teen accidentally shot his 18-year-old friend in the head.

Amar Daeshawn Chisler told police that he picked up a .38 revolver after his friend, Dametrious Addison, put it down, and the gun went off, shooting Addison in the face. Addison survived.

Jan. 14, 2015

Caleb Wehry 

Fourteen-year-old Caleb Wehry, of Hummelstown, was at home with a friend, handling a Taurus .410 hand gun, when the gun went off and Wehry was killed.

District Attorney Ed Marsico said the death was accidental. The gun belonged to someone in the home, but no criminal charges were filed. Acting Hummelstown police chief Sgt. William Ryan said it was not known why Caleb had the gun out.

‘It wasn’t anything formal, like Russian Roulette. He was mishandling a gun and it was just a total tragedy,” Marsico said.

March 20, 2016

Thirteen-year-old James “J.R” Gustafson was shot and killed at a friend’s house in the 100 block of South Church Street in Mount when a 14-year-old friend “was playing with [a] gun and it went off.” according to a criminal complaint.

The friend, John Burnsworth, was charged with homicide. Also charged in the incident were the owner of the gun, Joshua Hudec 31, who was not present during the shooting, Brooke Nelson, 18, who was babysitting Hudec’s children at the home where the shooting happened and who police say conspired with Burnsworth to use the gun to scare Gustafson; and Kristopher Lewis, 44, of Mount Pleasant, is accused of transferring ownership of the handgun to Hudec without filing required paperwork.

April 7, 2016

A 9-year-old Grays Ferry boy’s found a handgun in his parents’ bedroom and accidentally shot himself in the left ring finger, police said. The shooting happened at the family home in the 1500 block of South 32nd St.

April 11, 2016

A 17-year-old was hospitalized after he accidentally shot himself while adjusting a gun he was carrying inside his sweatpants in the 1800 block of South 19th Street in Steelton, according to police reports. His injuries were not life-threatening.

April 16, 2016

A four-year-old girl was fatally shot in her family’s East Kensington home, and her father was charged in her death.

Maurice “Stephon” Phillips, 30, said the victim, Tahirah, and her six siblings, ranging in age from 7 months to 13 years, were watching television and playing when Phillips walked into the room, removed his gun from its holster and started waving it around. The gun discharged, killing Tahirah.

June 17, 2016

Nicholas Ursiny, 15, of Leechburg, was shot in the head as he was reloading a handgun while a target was being reset on the family-owned property on Melwood Road in Allegheny Township. He was flown to a hospital but later died.

June 29, 2016

 A 13-year-old boy died after he was shot in the face in Philadelphia’s Germantown section.

Police say that several juveniles were playing with a gun when the boy was shot once in the head. He was taken to Einstein Medical Center and later died.

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