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Police: 2-year-old wounds self with loaded gun

Posted July 10, 2008

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— A 2-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the leg at her home Thursday morning, Fayetteville police said.

James Pergerson, 32, of 400 Glen Allen Road brought his daughter to cape Fear Valley Medical Center, police said. Officers were called shortly before 9 a.m.

The girl reportedly shot herself in the leg after getting hold of a gun, police said. They did not disclose what type of weapon it was.

She was treated for the leg wound and later released from the hospital, police said.

Detectives were continuing to investigate, but the case was being treated as an accidental discharge of an unsecured weapon, police said.

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  • EdTeach Jul 11, 2008

    Many thanks to all for their advice and input... I'm looking at each of the products y'all suggested. Thanks again for helping a new parent in need!

  • bonnnie Jul 10, 2008

    Dont people ever learn put firearms out of reach of children! Duh!

  • WHEEL Jul 10, 2008

    Know the difference between WRAL headline Composers and a Day Care? The Day Care has adult supervision !!

  • Adelinthe Jul 10, 2008

    Accidental discharge my eye. How did a 2-year old get within the range of grabbing a gun, loaded or not?

    Praying for this child, and praying someone keeps an eyes on her parents/guardians in the future...just to be very sure.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Granny Jul 10, 2008

    I pray this child is going to be okay.....and please tell me what was this Dad thinking....you cannot have a loaded gun in arms reach of a 2 year old!!

  • clintoflannagan Jul 10, 2008

    EdTeach: I agree that the suggestion of the fingerprint safe is a good one. However, I took a slightly different route that I preferred over the fingerprint safe. Instead of the fingerprint method it has four round buttons on the top. I programmed a combination. Once you punch in the combination, the door flies open and a light comes on in the safe. Quick and easy access to a gun that is ready to go. I am the only person who knows the combination. No way for kids to get to the gun.

    It's call a DAC sportsafe. I got it at Davi's in Raleigh for about $100.00. It's also great for storing cash, jewelry, etc. It attaches to a plate that you screw into the ground. You can get extra plates to put in your car, etc.

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=2221464

  • runny29840 Jul 10, 2008

    "Serious question, though. As a very new father and gun owner, how does one keep his gun in a state of readiness and easy access without putting their children at risk? I assume there are childproof trigger guards out there, but do they work?"

    I Keep a handgun ready for use with this handy device called a holster. The gun is either in the holster or within arms reach of me. Secured to me means it is within my control. If not, then it's in the safe.

    gun safe = storage
    holster/arms reach = secure access

    The bio-metric lock box that was mentioned is also a good method. There are also many other quick access lock boxes available for handguns.

  • iron fist Jul 10, 2008

    I always kept my guns loaded, I never left a live round in the chamber and the first round to go into the chamber was a spent round. My children are grown and I still do not store my guns with a live round in the chamber. Guns are as safe as the owner/user wants them to be.

  • Glass Half Full Jul 10, 2008

    The Fayetteville Observer's website reports the father brought the 2 year old to the ED claiming she had accidentially shot herself with a 12 gauge shotgun. I think not!

  • piperchuck Jul 10, 2008

    "Serious question, though. As a very new father and gun owner, how does one keep his gun in a state of readiness and easy access without putting their children at risk? I assume there are childproof trigger guards out there, but do they work?"

    Gun in one place, with a trigger lock, and ammo in a different place. Even if one of my daughters did manage to get both the gun and the ammo, I doubt either has the hand strength to actually get a round in the chamber, but I'm not taking chances. Heck, my wife has trouble doing this. Makes me wonder if in addition to being loaded, the the trigger was cokked (had to misspell to get past the prude filter). If so, it's a case of colossal stupidity.

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