6-year-old clings to life after he was shot by 4-year-old

6-year-old clings to life after he was shot by 4-year-old

POSTED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 6:25pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 1:02pm

A 6-year-old New Jersey boy is in critical condition after being shot in the head by a 4-year-old playmate, according to authorities.

It was the second incident in the United States in recent days involving young children accidentally shooting others.

In Toms River, New Jersey, the two boys were playing in the yard of the 4-year-old's home Monday evening. The younger child left the yard, went inside his family's house, retrieved a .22-caliber rifle and returned to the yard, according to Sgt. Robert Rankin of the Toms River police department.

Read: In just seconds, a boy, a gun, a death

While the parents of the 4-year-old were in the yard nearby, the boy emerged with the rifle and a shot rang out, Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastrondardy said during a news conference Tuesday morning.

"It's really difficult to deal with," Daniel Watkins, uncle of the 6-year-old boy, told CNN affiliate WCBS. He said the two children were friends. "This is something that shouldn't have happened. It's horrible."

The Ocean County prosecutors office is investigating the incident to determine whether charges will be filed.

On Saturday in Tennessee, the 48-year-old wife of a deputy sheriff died after a 4-year-old boy shot her, authorities said.

The deputy sheriff was showing a relative some of his guns at the deputy's home when his wife and the child came into the room. The child manged to pick up a loaded handgun and fired a single shot, killing the woman, authorities said.

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Would only hope chuck and deef have been rendered mute...seems so, since neither one has had the gall to continue ranting about guns and media in the face of these tragedies....but doubt that either of these men care at all about 3 children's lives ruined and one wife and mother killed... must be terrible to live in a world of hate without a modicum of compassion or sanity, guys.

Why was this child able to find a loaded gun? I have many guns AK, Glock, SKS, Bushmaster etc with a 16 year old in the house. They must be kept in a safe place except for the one I carry that I always with me. Ammuntion is kept seperate and locked up. What is wrong witrh using a little common sense when owning weapons.

This precious little innocent 6-year old died this a.m. Don't either of you miserable militant wacko's come back with parental responsibility, gun safes, etc. A gun in anyone's hand delivers a death sentence to the victim. What if you were in this situation? What if a child killed your child, with a gun, accidentally...or yours killed another? One would only hope you would be prosecuted to the fullest extent if your child shot someone else...the GUN kills in the hand of the killer!

A child clings to life from a gunshot wound and idiots debate types of guns and the "big, bad media"...God help those like the two below who don't give a darn about the human cost of guns when they are the weapon used, accidentially or with intent to kill or wound...people like these need to live in a remote jungle, not in a civilized society that values life. All gun proponents, whether rank-and-file citizens or criminals intent on doing harm to others, need to understand death is final!!

You people are no better than wild animals who would rather eat their young than share peacefully...you militant, I/me/mine, shoot first and don't ask questions later, I don't give a darn about my neighbor types deserve to live in a combat zone where you can use your assault weapons and high-capacity clips on each other...this country was never intended to become a battleground between it's citizens, so why don't all you militant gun owners and criminals just go fight it out someplace else!

"etrieved a .22-caliber rifle", so how come you used a GLOCK WITH EXTENDED MAGAZINE to somehow show what the kid was killed with? There was no GLOCK. There was mo large capacity magazine, no scarry gun.

I even saw on another news site they used a AK-47 picture on the same story? WHY DO YOU LIE NEWSPEOPLE?

More and more Americans are waking-up to the government's media, an enemy to our land.

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