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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:32 PM

3-year-old S.C. boy killed after mistaking pink handgun for toy

A 3-year-old boy in Greenville, South Carolina was shot in the head and killed on Friday after he started playing with a pink handgun because he thought it was a toy.

Police responding to the shooting at Haywood Plantation Apartments said that Tmorej Smith was found with a gunshot wound to the head, according to The Associated Press.

Investigators determined that Tmorej and his 7-year-old sister had been playing with a pink handgun when the incident occurred.

Deputy Coroner Jeff Fowler ruled the shooting an accidental homicide.

Fowler said that the shooting happened in a bedroom, while the boy’s grandparents were in the living room. The parents were not at home at the time.


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Leaving guns where children can reach them is a recipe for disaster.

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Reply 3-year-old S.C. boy killed after mistaking pink handgun for toy (Original post)
appleannie1 Feb 2013 OP
Zoeisright Feb 2013 #1
Arctic Dave Feb 2013 #2
Electric Monk Feb 2013 #3
TheCowsCameHome Feb 2013 #9
GodlessBiker Feb 2013 #4
samsingh Feb 2013 #5
marions ghost Feb 2013 #6
slackmaster Feb 2013 #7
musical_soul Feb 2013 #8

Response to appleannie1 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:33 PM

1. So how many is this since Newtown?

1,600?

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Response to appleannie1 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:47 PM

2. I wonder if the mom thinks her prety little "fashion accessory" was more important then her child.

 

I' mean, what child wouldn't think a pink gun was a toy.

But then if a child brought a pink toy gun to school and was suspened for it then certain people would think that was an over reaction.

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:43 PM

9. Great. This story bears repeating. Thanks for pointing that out.

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Response to appleannie1 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:00 PM

4. Recipe for disaster? It should be a crime. Someone needs to be arrested.

This is criminally negligent homicide, at the least.

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Response to appleannie1 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:11 PM

5. it's the gun bullshit all over again

people in love with guns will leave them unattended

it's the law of entropy.

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Response to samsingh (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:15 PM

6. Yep

what a cute gun...

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Response to appleannie1 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:26 PM

7. Every object is a toy to a 3-year-old

 

A child that age is not cognitively able to understand the concept of deadly weapons.

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Response to appleannie1 (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:01 PM

8. Some parents are just irresponsible.

I think the kid might have picked it up regardless of its color because kids are fascinated. So sad.

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