8 Children Shot In 8 Days Across The US

From Saturday, May 4, through Saturday, May 11, at least eight children have been shot across the nation.

1. Saturday, May 4 - Oakland Park, Florida

6-year-old girl shot by 13-year-old brother: Miami’s NBC 6 reported the two children were home alone when the shooting occurred, according to Broward County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dani Moschella.

2. Monday, May 6 - Indianapolis, Indiana

4-year-old boy shoots self in hand with father’s gun: Indianapolis’ RTV6 reported the child shot himself after removing a gun from his father’s safe, according to Indianapolis Police.

3. Tuesday, May 7 - Tampa, Florida

3-year-old boy shoots, kills self with uncle’s gun: Tampa’s ABC Action News reported the uncle had left the room when they boy got the gun out of his backpack and accidently shot himself.

4. Tuesday, May 7 - Houston, Texas

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7-year-old boy shot by brother with .22-caliber rifle: The Houston Chronicle reported the boys were in the bathtub when their mother stepped away. The boy got out, found the rifle and accidentally shot his brother, according to Houston Police.

5. Wednesday, May 8 - Corsicana, Texas

2-year-old boy shoots, kills self with handgun: The Houston Chronicle reported the boy found the gun in a bedroom and shot himself in the head as his father was in a nearby walk-in closet.

6. Thursday, May 9 - Washington, DC

3-year-old girl shot in apparent crossfire: NBC Washington reported the girl was struck in the leg while standing on a balcony when someone opened fire in the area.

7. Friday, May 10 - Camden, New Jersey

12-year-old boy shot in face by 11-year-old friend with .38-caliber revolver: FOX Philadelphia reported the boys were playing with a gun they found the gun, when it fired into the boy’s face.

8. Saturday, May 11 - Denton, Texas

5-year-old boy shot in the head by 8-year-old friend with .22-caliber rifle: NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported the boys were alone in a bedroom when they found a gun and one of the boys was accidentally shot.

According to the Children’s Defense Fund, one-third of all households with children younger than 18 have a gun, and more than 40 percent of gun-owning households with children store their guns unlocked, the Sun Sentinel reported. The fund also reported that 22 percent of children with gun-owning parents handled guns in their homes without their parents’ knowledge.

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