Hobart girl dies after father accidentally shoots her while showing gun

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HOBART, Ind. (AP) — Police say a 9-year-old northwestern Indiana girl died in a weekend shooting when a firearm her father was showing her and her siblings discharged.

Olivia Hummel was pronounced dead Saturday after officers called to the family’s Hobart home found her unresponsive with a gunshot wound to her head.

Police spokesman Lt. James Gonzales says the girl’s brothers told officers they were in a room with their father and sister when a gun discharged as he was showing them the firearm.

The father was taken into custody for questioning and remained jailed Monday at the Lake County Jail.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports Hobart police and Lake County prosecutors are expected Monday to announce charges of child neglect and possibly reckless homicide against the father in the fatal shooting.

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Come on people! June 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm

This is why there are rules for handling firearms, just like driving cars or using nail guns.

All guns are always loaded, don’t point them at anything you don’t want to shoot, keep your finger off the trigger until you are prepared to shoot, don’t shoot anything you don’t want to destroy.

You get the point. Ignore the rules at your peril…and everyone else’s…just as with all those other possibly deadly tools.


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