Seven-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Kills Father With High-Powered Rifle

A seven-year-old Alma, Michigan boy accidentally shot and killed his sleeping father on Thursday night.

According to police, the seven-year-old snuck out of bed while the rest of the family was sleeping. It appears that the family’s guns were ‘safely’ locked in a cabinet.

Police say the boy found the key and used it to open the gun cabinet. He removed a high-powered rifle and the gun went off. A single bullet struck his father, who was sleeping in bed, next to the boy’s mother.

Officers and paramedics were called to the home a little after midnight. The man’s injuries were fatal.

The deadly shooting took place in a quiet neighborhood. Upon hearing the news, neighbors of the family said they were in shock.

“They had caution tape up and I saw three cops there,” one neighbor told WNEM. “I’m sorry to hear everything. It’s a real tough time,” he said.

Ellie Martin, a fourteen-year-old girl who lives next door to the family, told WNEM that she was “really freaked out” by what happened. “I’m not a religious person, but like, I prayed that everyone is OK. We don’t have a lot of that around here,” she said.

The girl went on to say,”I just, I hope things get better for them. Not that there’s any way of getting back up from that, but just so they can work through it and be OK.”

A third neighbor said he also has a seven-year-old child at home. “That makes me think a lot,” he told the news station.

Contrary to NRA myths, having a gun in the home does not make you or your family safer. It seriously increases the risk that someone in your home will die from a gunshot wound.

Even if you think a gun is stored safely and you believe that you’ve taught your kids never to touch it, there’s always a chance that you’re wrong. It’s a risk that is not worth taking.

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