Weird: Teen Killed in Accidental Pellet Gun Shooting

Weird: Teen Killed in Accidental Pellet Gun Shooting

This is a discussion on Weird: Teen Killed in Accidental Pellet Gun Shooting within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Sounds like BS to me. Fired while loading...into chest? http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktl...tory?track=rss Teen Killed in Accidental Pellet Gun Shooting 11:14 AM PDT, July 18, 2010 LOS ANGELES ...

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    Weird: Teen Killed in Accidental Pellet Gun Shooting

    Sounds like BS to me. Fired while loading...into chest?

    http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktl...tory?track=rss

    Teen Killed in Accidental Pellet Gun Shooting

    11:14 AM PDT, July 18, 2010

    LOS ANGELES -- A teenage boy was accidentally killed while he and a friend were loading a pellet gun Saturday night, according to police.

    The incident happened around 7 p.m. near 92nd Street and Stanford Avenue, in the Green Meadows neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

    The two boys were loading a pellet gun outside a residence when the gun discharged and struck one of them in the chest, Los Angeles Police Officer April Harding said.

    The victim was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, where he died. No arrests were made.

    Police said they did not plan to file charges.

    The names of the teenagers were not released. They were both about 14 years old, Harding said.
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    There is so little description in th account, its hard to say. With that said, "they" meaning a co-operative effort, one hands the pellet to the other who inserts it and somehow fires the weapon hitting the first boy.

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    Just exactly how does one shoot himself in the chest while loading a pellet gun? Something smells funny here.
    More info is needed...
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    The pellet gun I used to have worked like a single shot .22. Open bolt, insert pellet, close bolt, pump action. All I can think of is the muzzle was pointing at the one not doing the loading. Those things are pretty powerful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by automatic slim View Post
    All I can think of is the muzzle was pointing at the one not doing the loading. Those things are pretty powerful.
    While I don't own a pellet gun, that was my first thought as well. Must have been two dudes standing facing each other, one with gun pointed away from him while loading and of course the other guy was standing in front of him......two morons.
    At least that's how it seems like it probably happened, given the details in the story are quite vague.
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    Many modern pellet guns are break action, hinged at the forward end of the receiver to load _AND_ to pump to create spring or pneumatic pressure.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5zW_3nwlmI

    As noted by Slim, the bottomline comes down to muzzle control.
    Clearly they failed in following the three basic rules of safe firearm handling, but if they had noted and kept control of the muzzle they would have been fine.

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    When I was about 8 or 9 one kid had a pump up pellet gun,after about 20 pumps that thing would pack a wallop,I would say that if you were shot it would be about like getting hit with a 22,many critters learned too late
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Just exactly how does one shoot himself in the chest while loading a pellet gun? Something smells funny here.
    More info is needed...

    I'm thinking that he had his finger on the trigger while pumping it and it discharged and hit his friend??

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    Regardless, knowing the four rules would've possiably negated this.
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    no who says a pellet gun is not a dangerous weapon?
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