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8-Year-Old Florida Boy Shoots Baby Girl Dead With Father’s Gun In US

8-Year-Old Florida Boy Shoots Baby Girl Dead With Father’s Gun In US

8-Year-Old Florida Boy Shoots Baby Girl Dead With Father’s Gun In US

8-Year-Old Florida Boy Shoots Baby Girl Dead With Father’s Gun In US

Last weekend in Florida, an eight-year-old boy was playing with his father’s rifle when he fatally shot a baby and injured the infant’s younger sibling, according to police.

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According to Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons, the father, 45-year-old Roderick Randall, was detained and charged with concealing evidence, unlawful possession of a firearm, and culpable negligence.

The tragic event, which is all too often in a nation where guns are everywhere, happened in a motel where Randall met his fiancée. Randall had a criminal record that prohibited him from carrying a pistol.

He had brought his son, while his girlfriend had brought along her two-year-old twins and her one-year-old daughter.

At one point, Randall went out and left his weapon “in the closet,” said the sheriff during a press conference. Knowing where it was hidden, his son took it out and started playing with it while the girls’ mother was asleep.

“He pulls the gun from the holster, starts playing with it and fires a round into the one-year-old toddler, ultimately killing the one-year-old. The bullet then goes through and strikes one of the two-year-old toddlers who’s injured but is expected to recover.”

8-Year-Old Florida Boy Shoots Baby Girl Dead With Father’s Gun In US

When the father returned, he took the gun and an unidentified substance suspected to be drugs, out of the room before the police arrived.

The baby girl’s death is the latest in a staggering series of similar accidents.

“Every year, hundreds of children in the United States gain access to unsecured, loaded guns in closets and nightstand drawers, in backpacks and purses, or just left out,” according to a recent report by Everytown For Gun Safety.

“With tragic regularity, children find these unsecured guns and unintentionally shoot themself or someone else.”

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The organization, which advocates for increased regulation of firearms, estimates that these “unintentional shootings” by minors cause an average of 350 deaths each year.

More generally, firearms cause approximately 40,000 deaths a year in the United States, including suicides, according to the Gun Violence Archive website.


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