A man’s handgun went off while he was holding it as he got into his truck in the parking lot of a western Pennsylvania gun store Saturday and the shot killed his 7-year-old son, authorities said. Joseph V. Loughrey, 44, was getting into the truck when the 9 mm handgun discharged, wounding Craig Allen Loughrey in the chest, according to state police. The boy died at the scene at Twigs Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township, 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Store owner Leonard Mohney said the boy was shot in the parking lot, but that he didn’t see what happened.
When shall we have had enough? And why did he have a gun in his hand while he was getting in his truck? What sort of thinking was he doing?
Investigators said Loughrey told them he didn’t realize there was a bullet still in the chamber. “This happens all too often where people think the gun was empty,” Lt. Eric Hermick told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The first rule of gun safety, there’s always a round in the chamber and you had better act like that’s the case. But things like this will continue to happen as long as guns are more accessible in our country than healthcare. Misery is unending when sense is lacking.
And, sure, he’s distraught. But his son is DEAD. I’d say that’s worse.
- Police: Boy, 7, Shot to Death at Pa. Gun Store (abcnews.go.com)
- Police: Boy, 7, shot to death at Pa. gun store (utsandiego.com)