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Loaded Guns, Little Hands

In the last two years, nearly 300 children under the age of 13 have injured or killed someone with a firearm.

Christa Engles was shot in the head in November, 2014 by her 3-year-old son while changing her baby’s diaper in her Tulsa, Oklahoma home. The boy had found the 9mm semiautomatic handgun on a living room table.

Two months later, in Elmo, Missouri, five-year-old Corbin Wiederholt used a .22-caliber handgun he picked up off the headboard of the grandfather’s bed to shoot and kill his nine-month-old brother.

Not long after that, at a home in LeBleu Settlement, Louisiana, 3-year-old Alexis Mercer fatally shot herself with a handgun her father had just been cleaning. “It makes me angry,” Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso told a local news outlet. “It makes my heart hurt. It’s just something that shouldn’t happen.”

It happens, on average, about every other day in the U.S. From September 2014 through September 2016, at least 295 children under the age of 13 injured or killed someone with a firearm, an analysis by The Trace of shooting data collected by the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive shows. More than 100 of the victims died.

The Gun Violence Archive collects information on shootings using media reports and other public sources of information. There is no reliable federal source of information about shootings by young children.

Half of all the young child shootings examined by The Trace were self-inflicted. In all but a few instances, the shooter was a boy. In at least 113 cases, the child who pulled the trigger was three years old or younger.

The kids obtained these deadly weapons because an adult, usually a parent, left them loaded in a place where a child could find them.

When Kids Pull The Trigger: September 1, 2014 – September 1, 2016

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  • Sep 04, 2014× A 2-year-old boy shot wounded 4 people in Middleburg, Florida. The shooter was the victims’ son. Read More…

  • Sep 05, 2014× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Humble, Texas. Read More…

  • Sep 13, 2014× Hayden Mayes, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Denmark, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Sep 13, 2014× A 7-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read More…

  • Sep 13, 2014× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Read More…

  • Sep 15, 2014× A 3-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Tallulah, Louisiana. Read More…

  • Sep 18, 2014× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 4-year-old boy in St. Louis, Missouri. The shooter was the victim’s cousin. Read More…

  • Sep 20, 2014× A 3-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Columbia, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Sep 21, 2014× A 11-year-old boy shot and wounded a boy in Marathon City, Wyoming. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Sep 29, 2014× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read More…

  • Sep 29, 2014× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Sep 30, 2014× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Wilmington, Delaware. Read More…

  • Oct 05, 2014× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded a 6-year-old boy in McComb, Mississippi. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Oct 11, 2014× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Kenneth Blake Anderson, a 20-year-old man, in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Oct 11, 2014× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed Nathan Majors, a 8-year-old boy, in Benton, Louisiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Oct 18, 2014× A boy shot and wounded a 48-year-old man in Gibson Township, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Oct 25, 2014× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Patrick Sanders, a 20-year-old man, in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Oct 27, 2014× Jaylen Lum, a 4-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • Oct 29, 2014× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • Nov 02, 2014× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded a 3-year-old girl in Lorrain, Ohio. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Nov 02, 2014× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded Jerome Valdez, a 56-year-old man, in Clay Center, Kansas. Read More…

  • Nov 03, 2014× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded a 3-year-old boy in Baltimore, Maryland. The shooter was the victim’s cousin. Read More…

  • Nov 07, 2014× A boy shot and wounded himself in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Read More…

  • Nov 08, 2014× A 9-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • Nov 09, 2014× A 9-year-old boy shot and killed Damoni Troutman, a 5-year-old boy, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Nov 12, 2014× A 9-year-old girl shot and wounded a 8-year-old boy in Deland, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s sister. Read More…

  • Nov 14, 2014× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Read More…

  • Nov 15, 2014× A 6-year-old boy shot and killed Keshira Linnette, a 26-year-old woman, in Norfolk, Virginia. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Nov 15, 2014× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Nov 15, 2014× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded a 9-year-old girl in Newark, New Jersey. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Nov 15, 2014× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded a 10-year-old boy in Stephens County, Oklahoma. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Nov 20, 2014× A 11-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Read More…

  • Nov 21, 2014× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Marion, Kansas. Read More…

  • Nov 21, 2014× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded Michael Holzwarth, a 3-year-old boy, in Lake Stevens, Washington. The shooter was the victim’s neighbor. Read More…

  • Nov 24, 2014× A 3-year-old boy shot and killed Christa Engles, a 26-year-old woman, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Nov 25, 2014× Ryan Welch, a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Nov 28, 2014× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Read More…

  • Nov 29, 2014× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 2-year-old in Palm Bay, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s sibling. Read More…

  • Nov 30, 2014× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy in Houston, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Dec 04, 2014× A 3-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Lehigh Acres, Florida. Read More…

  • Dec 06, 2014× A 3-year-old boy shot and killed Eric Brown, a 23-year-old man, in Stringtown, Oklahoma. The shooter was the victim’s relative. Read More…

  • Dec 15, 2014× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded a 4-year-old girl in Memphis, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Dec 15, 2014× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded a 7-year-old boy in Ravenden, Arkansas. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Dec 20, 2014× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded Christopher Richards, a 24-year-old man, in Paradise, Utah. Read More…

  • Dec 30, 2014× A 2-year-old boy shot and killed Veronica Rutledge, a 29-year-old woman, in Hayden, Idaho. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Dec 30, 2014× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Arab, Alabama. Read More…

  • Jan 08, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Nicholas Cardillo III, a 46-year-old man, in Lexington, North Carolina. The shooter was the victim’s grandson. Read More…

  • Jan 12, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 5-year-old boy in Richmond, Virginia. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jan 16, 2015× A 6-year-old girl shot and wounded a 8-year-old girl in Farmington, New Mexico. The shooter was the victim’s sister. Read More…

  • Jan 18, 2015× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy in Delia, Kansas. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jan 19, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and killed Corbin Wiederholt, a boy, in Elmo, Missouri. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jan 21, 2015× Kaleb Ahles, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in East Lake, Florida. Read More…

  • Jan 21, 2015× Randell Parks, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Read More…

  • Jan 25, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read More…

  • Jan 26, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded a boy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The shooter was the victim’s nephew. Read More…

  • Jan 31, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot wounded 2 people in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The shooter was the victims’ son. Read More…

  • Jan 31, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded David Paulson, a 35-year-old man, in Hamlet, Indiana. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Jan 31, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 32-year-old man in Jasper, Alabama. The shooter was the victim’s nephew. Read More…

  • Feb 02, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Pamela Gillilan, a girl, in Davie, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Feb 07, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Gresham, Oregon. Read More…

  • Feb 09, 2015× Alexis Mercer, a 3-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in LeBleu Settlement, Louisiana. Read More…

  • Feb 10, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed Stephan J. Miller, a 8-year-old boy, in Dalton, Ohio. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Feb 11, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Orlando, Florida. Read More…

  • Feb 13, 2015× A 10-year-old girl shot and wounded a 8-year-old girl in Fresno, California. The shooter was the victim’s sister. Read More…

  • Feb 21, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Florissant, Missouri. Read More…

  • Feb 23, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 10-year-old boy in Laurel, Mississippi. Read More…

  • Feb 26, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and killed Matthew Cisneros, a 13-year-old boy, in Garland, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Feb 27, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Mar 01, 2015× Codrick McCall Jr., a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Mar 02, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 6-year-old boy in Houston, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Mar 03, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded a one-and-a-half-year-old boy in Hillsboro, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Mar 05, 2015× A boy shot and killed Stanley Custer, a 7-year-old boy, in Shungnak, Alaska. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Mar 06, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed DaVontae Ziegler, a 15-year-old boy, in Nashville, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Mar 09, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Green River, Wyoming. Read More…

  • Mar 10, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded Jakalon Jenkins, a 5-year-old boy, in Macon, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Mar 17, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded a 10-year-old girl in Comanche, Oklahoma. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Mar 19, 2015× A 2-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Chatsworth, Georgia. Read More…

  • Mar 21, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 14-year-old girl in Brooklyn, New York. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Mar 23, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 2-year-old girl in Highland Heights, Kentucky. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Mar 26, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Mar 29, 2015× Jaxon Kullen White, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Jefferson, Georgia. Read More…

  • Mar 30, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded a 11-year-old boy in Mooresville, North Carolina. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Apr 03, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Raleigh, North Carolina. Read More…

  • Apr 03, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Apr 07, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded Marple Miller, a 54-year-old man, in Zephyrhills, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s grandson. Read More…

  • Apr 12, 2015× Braylon Robinson, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed a 1-year-old boy in Cleveland, Ohio. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Apr 13, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Buckeye, Arizona. Read More…

  • Apr 14, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 7-year-old boy in Blackfoot, Idaho. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Apr 18, 2015× A less-than-5-year-old child shot and wounded a 9-year-old girl in Mercer, Pennsylvania. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Apr 20, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Leeds, Alabama. Read More…

  • Apr 23, 2015× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Underhill, Vermont. Read More…

  • Apr 30, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Peoria, Arizona. Read More…

  • May 04, 2015× A 6-year-old boy shot and killed Cameron Morris, a 4-year-old boy, in Allendale, Louisiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 06, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and wounded a 11-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s twin brother. Read More…

  • May 07, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded Qmarion Jones, a 4-year-old boy, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 08, 2015× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded a 3-year-old girl in Gary, Indiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 09, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded a girl in Lyndon, Kentucky. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • May 09, 2015× Benjamin Kelley, a 3-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in San Antonio, Texas. Read More…

  • May 12, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded a 4-year-old boy in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • May 13, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Read More…

  • May 15, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded a 1-year-old boy in Venice, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 15, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded a 17-year-old boy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 15, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and killed a 5-year-old boy in Redfield, Arkansas. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 18, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy in Stokes, North Carolina. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 19, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Cleveland, Ohio. Read More…

  • May 19, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Atlanta, Georgia. Read More…

  • May 20, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded a 4-year-old boy in Snowville, Utah. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 20, 2015× A child shot and killed a 8-year-old boy in Ambler, Alaska. The shooter was the victim’s cousin. Read More…

  • May 23, 2015× Darius Coleman, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Jackson, Mississippi. Read More…

  • May 23, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and killed Deb Christner, a 28-year-old woman, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Read More…

  • May 25, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Lunenberg, Virginia. Read More…

  • May 25, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and killed Eh Thon Gar, a 22-year-old man, in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The shooter was the victim’s nephew. Read More…

  • May 25, 2015× Makayla Manners, a 4-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Yonkers, New York. Read More…

  • May 30, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Jun 09, 2015× Aabriel Jones Jr., a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Memphis, Tennessee. Read More…

  • Jun 11, 2015× Marques Green, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Hamilton, Ohio. Read More…

  • Jun 12, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Read More…

  • Jun 15, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Jade Sympton, a 22-year-old woman, in York, Pennsylvania. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Jun 21, 2015× A less-than-10-year-old child shot and wounded a 7-year-old boy in LaGrange, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jun 25, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Pontiac, Michigan. Read More…

  • Jun 28, 2015× Jonathan Kaufman, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Franklin Township, Michigan. Read More…

  • Jun 28, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 4-year-old girl in Cadiz, Kentucky. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jun 29, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and killed Jamymell Ray, a 31-year-old man, in Omaha, Nebraska. The shooter was the victim’s robber. Read More…

  • Jun 30, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Read More…

  • Jul 01, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Shreveport, Louisiana. Read More…

  • Jul 01, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Plant City, Florida. Read More…

  • Jul 02, 2015× Chris L. Palmer, a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Hampton, Virginia. Read More…

  • Jul 09, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy in Aurora, Colorado. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jul 11, 2015× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded a 7-year-old boy in West Palm Beach, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jul 13, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Wilmington, North Carolina. Read More…

  • Jul 14, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Conway, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Jul 14, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded a 10-year-old boy in Guntown, Mississippi. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jul 15, 2015× Deveonna Rimson, a 3-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Kansas City, Missouri. Read More…

  • Jul 16, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Spring, Texas. Read More…

  • Jul 17, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 9-year-old boy in Saginaw, Michigan. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jul 18, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Columbia, Missouri. Read More…

  • Jul 19, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • Jul 20, 2015× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded a 6-year-old boy in Mobile, Alabama. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jul 21, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in St. Louis, Missouri. Read More…

  • Jul 22, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded a 6-year-old boy in Mobile, Alabama. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jul 23, 2015× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Nicoma Park, Oklahoma. Read More…

  • Jul 24, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Galveston, Texas. Read More…

  • Jul 25, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in New Orleans, Louisiana. Read More…

  • Jul 25, 2015× A 7-year-old girl shot and wounded a 5-year-old boy in Beaverdam, Virginia. Read More…

  • Jul 29, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and killed Dalis Cox, a 3-year-old girl, in Washington D.C.. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 03, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed Elijah Walker, a 3-year-old boy, in Detroit, Michigan. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 04, 2015× Darnel Mundy, a 3-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Miami, Florida. Read More…

  • Aug 05, 2015× Brayden Heath, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Anchorage, Alaska. Read More…

  • Aug 05, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded Issac Deemer, a 6-year-old boy, in Ford City, Pennsylvania. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 06, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and killed Allen Troyer, a 21-year-old man, in Smicksburg, Pennsylvania. The shooter was the victim’s cousin. Read More…

  • Aug 11, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded a 3-year-old girl in Columbus, Ohio. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 12, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Aug 16, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and killed Dorothy Reardean, a 25-year-old woman, in Douglas, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Aug 18, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and killed Divine Vaniah Chambliss, a 31-year-old man, in Hoover, Alabama. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Aug 19, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a one-and-a-half-year-old boy in Columbus, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 21, 2015× A 4-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in New Braunfels, Texas. Read More…

  • Aug 21, 2015× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read More…

  • Aug 25, 2015× Carter Epps, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in St. Louis, Missouri. Read More…

  • Aug 25, 2015× Tandra Williams, a boy, shot and wounded a girl in Augusta, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s classmate. Read More…

  • Sep 03, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed Lamonte Streeter, a 16-year-old boy, in St. Louis, Missouri. The shooter and victim were not acquainted. Read More…

  • Sep 04, 2015× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 5-year-old girl in Braxton, Mississippi. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Sep 20, 2015× A 11-year-old girl shot and wounded a 13-year-old girl in Ogden, Utah. The shooter was the victim’s sister. Read More…

  • Sep 22, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Erin Coffey, a 24-year-old woman, in Lake Placid, New York. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Sep 24, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Dallas, Oregon. Read More…

  • Oct 02, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed Joseph Baily, a 12-year-old boy, in Carrollton, Ohio. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Oct 03, 2015× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed McKayla Dyer, a 8-year-old girl, in White Pine, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s neighbor. Read More…

  • Oct 10, 2015× Clayton James Singleton, a 8-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read More…

  • Oct 11, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded a 40-year-old woman in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The shooter was the victim’s grandson. Read More…

  • Oct 16, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded Pamela Gibson, a 53-year-old woman, in Cedar Grove, West Virginia. The shooter was the victim’s grandson. Read More…

  • Oct 18, 2015× A 6-year-old boy shot and killed Eian H. Santiago, a 3-year-old boy, in Chicago, Illinois. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Oct 19, 2015× A 3-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Rhine, Georgia. Read More…

  • Oct 23, 2015× Carlos Delgado, a 5-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Bartow, Florida. Read More…

  • Oct 24, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Mission, Texas. Read More…

  • Oct 27, 2015× Waylon Dennington, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Acworth, Georgia. Read More…

  • Nov 06, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Troy, Michigan. Read More…

  • Nov 10, 2015× Daylen Makhai Head, a 9-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • Nov 11, 2015× Jayden Jamar Clay, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Jackson, Georgia. Read More…

  • Nov 12, 2015× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded a 8-year-old boy in Chicago, Illinois. The shooter was the victim’s relative. Read More…

  • Nov 15, 2015× Savion Barrow, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Nov 15, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded a 14-year-old girl in Jay, Oklahoma. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Nov 17, 2015× Blayden Ashley, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Benton, Arkansas. Read More…

  • Nov 18, 2015× A child shot and killed him or herself in Little Rock, Arkansas. Read More…

  • Nov 19, 2015× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Lubbock, Texas. Read More…

  • Nov 21, 2015× A 7-year-old boy shot and killed Andrew Turner, a 5-year-old boy, in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Nov 26, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Baltic, Ohio. Read More…

  • Nov 28, 2015× Ja’Mecca Smith, a 6-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Atlanta, Georgia. Read More…

  • Nov 30, 2015× Elijah Hoffman, a 3-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Nashville, Tennessee. Read More…

  • Dec 03, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Columbus, Georgia. Read More…

  • Dec 05, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy in Stockton, California. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Dec 09, 2015× Phabion Kemarion Runnels, a 11-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Dallas, Texas. Read More…

  • Dec 11, 2015× Kaden Nagle, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in South Hutchinson, Kansas. Read More…

  • Dec 11, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and killed Sienna Owens, a 11-year-old girl, in Estill Springs, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s classmate. Read More…

  • Dec 12, 2015× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Chicago, Illinois. Read More…

  • Dec 15, 2015× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Imperial, Missouri. Read More…

  • Dec 19, 2015× A 6-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in San Diego, California. Read More…

  • Dec 23, 2015× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded a boy in Poway, California. The shooter and victim were not acquainted. Read More…

  • Dec 26, 2015× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Norfolk, Virginia. Read More…

  • Dec 28, 2015× William Anderson, a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Bethel, Alaska. Read More…

  • Jan 03, 2016× Jeremiah Danta-Benjamin Horsley, a 2-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Dubuque, Iowa. Read More…

  • Jan 03, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Spring, Texas. Read More…

  • Jan 04, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in St. Cloud, Florida. Read More…

  • Jan 04, 2016× A 8-year-old boy shot and killed a 9-year-old boy in Trinidad, Colorado. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jan 04, 2016× A less-than-11-year-old child shot and wounded Calvinyanna Sanders, a 2-year-old girl, in LaGrange, Georgia. Read More…

  • Jan 10, 2016× Manal "Cash" Abdelaziz, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Lumberton, North Carolina. Read More…

  • Jan 18, 2016× A 4-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Grandview, Missouri. Read More…

  • Jan 20, 2016× Karmelo Johnson, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Flint, Michigan. Read More…

  • Jan 23, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in South Bend, Indiana. Read More…

  • Jan 23, 2016× A 11-year-old boy shot and killed Kadin Tige Mann, a 5-year-old boy, in Kokhanok, Alaska. Read More…

  • Jan 25, 2016× A 8-year-old boy shot and killed Tyler Fredrick McBride, a 7-year-old boy, in Crossville, Tennessee. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jan 27, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Waldorf, Maryland. Read More…

  • Jan 30, 2016× Isaiah Deloatch, a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Baltimore, Maryland. Read More…

  • Feb 06, 2016× A 3-year-old boy shot and killed Kimi Reylander, a 9-year-old girl, in Irondale, Alabama. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Feb 06, 2016× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Forney, Texas. Read More…

  • Feb 06, 2016× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a boy in Danielsville, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Feb 12, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded Jessica Barkley, a 30-year-old woman, in Louisville, Kentucky. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Feb 13, 2016× A 12-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read More…

  • Feb 16, 2016× A 10-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Durham, New Hampshire. Read More…

  • Feb 17, 2016× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Suffolk, Virginia. Read More…

  • Feb 20, 2016× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded Michele Hanson, a 26-year-old woman, in Kentwood, Michigan. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Feb 21, 2016× A 6-year-old boy shot and killed James Lonaker, a 62-year-old man, in Hartsville, Indiana. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Feb 26, 2016× Christopher Griffith, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Sunman, Indiana. Read More…

  • Mar 01, 2016× A'letha Amanii Marie Burke, a 6-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Sanford, Florida. Read More…

  • Mar 07, 2016× Aubrey Davis, a 2-year-old girl, shot and wounded herself in Sacramento, California. Read More…

  • Mar 08, 2016× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Sandusky, Ohio. Read More…

  • Mar 09, 2016× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded Jamie Gilt, a 31-year-old woman, in Palatka, Florida. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Mar 19, 2016× A 8-year-old boy shot and killed Carmen Danielle Morris, a 23-year-old woman, in Palestine, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s relative. Read More…

  • Mar 20, 2016× Devon Lofton, a 7-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Chicago, Illinois. Read More…

  • Mar 21, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Lithonia, Georgia. Read More…

  • Mar 24, 2016× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Birmingham, Alabama. Read More…

  • Mar 25, 2016× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in San Angelo, Texas. Read More…

  • Mar 26, 2016× A 3-year-old child shot and wounded Travis Sorensen, a 25-year-old man, in Rigby, Idaho. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Mar 26, 2016× A 11-year-old child shot and wounded a 11-year-old girl in Memphis, Tennessee. Read More…

  • Apr 04, 2016× Abram Brown, a 11-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Rutherfordton, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Apr 07, 2016× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Apr 07, 2016× A 11-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • Apr 20, 2016× Kiyan Shelton, a 2-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read More…

  • Apr 21, 2016× Sha’Quille Kornegay, a 2-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Kansas City, Missouri. Read More…

  • Apr 22, 2016× Za’veon Amari Williams, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Read More…

  • Apr 22, 2016× A 4-year-old girl shot and wounded a boy in Arlington, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s relative. Read More…

  • Apr 23, 2016× A 12-year-old boy shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy in New Orleans, Louisiana. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Apr 26, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and killed Patrice Price, a 26-year-old woman, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • Apr 26, 2016× Holston Cole, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Dallas, Georgia. Read More…

  • Apr 27, 2016× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Grout Township, Michigan. Read More…

  • Apr 28, 2016× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 5-year-old boy in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Apr 29, 2016× A 3-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Augusta, Georgia. Read More…

  • Apr 29, 2016× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Savannah, Georgia. Read More…

  • Apr 29, 2016× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Lebanon, Tennessee. Read More…

  • May 01, 2016× Noah Sarver, a 10-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read More…

  • May 07, 2016× A 2-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Smyrna, Tennessee. Read More…

  • May 08, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded a boy in Baltimore, Maryland. The shooter was the victim’s son. Read More…

  • May 08, 2016× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • May 10, 2016× Mariah Davis, a 5-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Detroit, Michigan. Read More…

  • May 14, 2016× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded a 3-year-old girl in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 17, 2016× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Beaumont, Texas. Read More…

  • May 20, 2016× A 3-year-old child shot and killed Melina H. Torres, a 7-year-old girl, in Beverly, Illinois. Read More…

  • May 21, 2016× A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Denver, Colorado. Read More…

  • May 21, 2016× Hayley Moore, a 5-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in LaPlace, Louisiana. Read More…

  • May 24, 2016× A 10-year-old girl shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy in Bennettsville, South Carolina. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • May 26, 2016× A 8-year-old boy shot and wounded a 7-year-old boy in Atlanta, Georgia. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • May 26, 2016× A 10-year-old boy shot and killed Kahlil Burt, a 11-year-old boy, in Roanoke, Virginia. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jun 05, 2016× A 10-year-old girl shot and wounded a 9-year-old girl in St. Louis, Missouri. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jun 07, 2016× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Redford Township, Michigan. Read More…

  • Jun 08, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Augusta, Georgia. Read More…

  • Jun 17, 2016× Jett Osburn, a 2-year-old boy, shot and wounded himself in Texarkana, Arkansas. Read More…

  • Jun 17, 2016× Jayden Jawan Choate, a 4-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Elgin, Iowa. Read More…

  • Jun 24, 2016× Sani Holmes, a 4-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Jun 25, 2016× A 5-year-old boy shot and killed Christopher Spruill, a 4-year-old boy, in East Orange, New Jersey. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jun 25, 2016× A 10-year-old boy shot and wounded a 8-year-old boy in Cleveland, Ohio. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Jun 25, 2016× Paxton Shannon, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Avinger, Texas. Read More…

  • Jul 08, 2016× A 7-year-old boy shot and killed Frank R.M. DuBois, a 43-year-old man, in Alma, Michigan. The shooter was the victim’s step son. Read More…

  • Jul 11, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Seattle, Washington. Read More…

  • Jul 14, 2016× Gavin Stiles, a 3-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Read More…

  • Jul 15, 2016× Christopher Scurry Jr, a 8-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Port Orange, Florida. Read More…

  • Jul 16, 2016× Sincere Peek, a 5-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read More…

  • Jul 18, 2016× Brooklyn Samiya Davis, a 3-year-old girl, shot and killed herself in Gaston, South Carolina. Read More…

  • Jul 20, 2016× A 5-year-old boy shot and wounded a 2-year-old boy in Texas City, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Jul 20, 2016× Thomas Paisie III, a 7-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Macon, Georgia. Read More…

  • Jul 24, 2016× A child shot and wounded a less-than-1-year-old boy in Meridan, Mississippi. Read More…

  • Jul 25, 2016× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Dunkirk, New York. Read More…

  • Jul 26, 2016× Edgar Padilla, a 5-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Jul 28, 2016× A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Alvin, Texas. Read More…

  • Jul 31, 2016× Carmello Ibarguen, a 11-year-old boy, shot and killed himself in Houston, Texas. Read More…

  • Jul 31, 2016× A 4-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read More…

  • Aug 02, 2016× A 9-year-old boy shot and killed Melvin Brady, a 5-year-old boy, in Marrero, Louisiana. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 02, 2016× A 11-year-old boy shot multiple people a in Coward, North Carolina. Read More…

  • Aug 06, 2016× A 6-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Weiser, Idaho. Read More…

  • Aug 07, 2016× A 9-year-old boy shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy in Texarkana, Texas. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 11, 2016× A 4-year-old girl shot and wounded herself in Louisville, Kentucky. Read More…

  • Aug 12, 2016× A less-than-13-year-old boy shot and wounded a 73-year-old man in Corpus Christi, Texas. Read More…

  • Aug 16, 2016× Kristopher Courson, a 11-year-old boy, shot and killed Jessie O'Neal Courson, a 9-year-old boy, in Byhalia, Mississippi. The shooter was the victim’s brother. Read More…

  • Aug 18, 2016× A 11-year-old child shot and wounded Lennox, a 1-year-old boy, in Harvey, Illinois. The shooter was the victim’s cousin. Read More…

  • Aug 25, 2016× A 6-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Lawrence, Kansas. Read More…

  • Aug 28, 2016× A child shot and wounded him or herself in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read More…

  • Aug 31, 2016× A 11-year-old child shot and wounded a 11-year-old boy in Abington, Massachusetts. The shooter was the victim’s friend. Read More…

  • Aug 31, 2016× A 2-year-old boy shot and wounded himself in Phoenix, Arizona. Read More…

Source: Gun Violence Archive

The Trace examined cases of shootings by children under 13 because that is the age group that would have been covered under a safe storage law in Tennessee, proposed after an 8-year-old girl was fatally shot by her 11-year-old neighbor, who used his parents’ shotgun. The bill, defeated earlier this year after the National Rifle Association lobbied to quash it, would have given prosecutors explicit authority to bring criminal cases against adults if a child uses their unsecured gun in a shooting.

There are 14 states with negligent firearm storage laws similar to the one proposed in Tennessee. Of those, only four — Florida, California, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, along with the District of Columbia — allow prosecutors to charge adults whose unsecured guns are used by a child to shoot someone with a felony.

Only one state, Massachusetts, requires all firearms to be stored under lock and key.

DaMoni Troutman

Age 5

DaMoni was fatally shot by his 9-year-old half-brother, who found a loaded handgun in their paternal grandmother’s apartment in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 9, 2014. A third child under the age of ten was home at the time. The gun belonged to DaMoni’s uncle, who was charged with criminal recklessness. Troutman’s mother, Brittney Rodriguez, said she did not know there was a gun at the apartment, and hoped other parents would learn from the experience, “because it can happen to anybody’s kids.”

Corbin Wiederholt

9 months old

Corbin Wiederholt, 9 months, was fatally shot in the head by his 5-year-old brother, who found his grandfather’s loaded .22-caliber revolver at his home in Elmo, Missouri, on January 19, 2015. When the gun went off, the older boy, who retrieved it from a locked cabinet, said to his mother, 26-year-old Alexis Wiederholt, “I’m sorry, Mom. I shot Corbin.” Wiederholt said she didn’t know her father kept a loaded gun in his home. “I told the boys they weren’t supposed to be in my bedroom where I keep the gun cabinet,” Porter said. “But like I said, boys will be boys.”

Makayla Manners

Age 4

Makayla shot herself in the face with an illegal semi-automatic handgun she found in her Yonkers, N.Y., apartment on May 25, 2015. She died four days later. A neighbor said her mother, 22-year-old Tantania Manners, was outside talking to friends on while the toddler’s aunt was watching her. Makayla’s neighborhood is “tough and unforgiving,” a local columnist wrote, “a place with a sad history of shootings, muggings and suspicious fires.”

Christopher Spruill

Age 4

Christopher was shot in the head and killed by his 5-year-old brother, who found their mother’s gun at their home in East Orange, New Jersey, on June 25, 2016. Police have not said how the older boy accessed the gun belonging to 22-year-old Itiyanah Spruill, who was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and weapons offenses. A judge allowed Spruill, who did not have custody of the children, to attend her younger son’s funeral while in custody.

Frank DuBois

Age 43

Frank was asleep in the living room of his Alma, Michigan, home on July 8, 2016, when his 7-year-old stepson found the keys to a locked gun case. The boy retrieved a rifle and fatally shot DuBois. A police spokesperson said the victim’s family owned weapons for hunting. “Why is a 7-year-old able to get to the keys while the family sleeps?” a neighbor asked a local news outlet. DuBois left behind a wife and five children.

Sincere Peek

Age 5

Sincere found a gun in on the second floor of his home in Madisonville, Ohio, on July 16, 2016, and shot himself with it. His older brother, Omarion McCrary, said he heard the gunshot and found his brother, whose heart was still beating. “I ran with him all the way downstairs, told my mama, ‘Call 911,’ ran to the neighbors,” he said. Peek died at the hospital. The boy’s older sister said she does not know who owned the guns or how her brother was able to get his hands on it. “I never would think I would feel this pain,” Feneshia McCrary said.

The safest ways to store guns in the home are through the use of trigger locks, lockboxes, and gun safes, Megan Moreno, a professor in adolescent medicine at the Seattle Children’s Hospital, wrote last year in JAMA Pediatrics. Moreno also recommended storing ammunition separately from the weapon. “‘Hiding guns from children does not work,” she warned.

[Interactive by Upstatement; Photo illustration by Joel Arbaje]