Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Woops, killed ya ... sorry 'bout that

FREDERICKSBURG, Ohio (AP) -- A man cleaning his muzzle-loading rifle shot the gun into the air, accidentally killing a 15-year-old Amish girl driving a horse-drawn buggy more than a mile away, a sheriff said Tuesday.

Rachel Yoder was shot in the head Thursday night while traveling to her home in Wayne County, between Columbus and Akron. She had attended a Christmas party for employees, most of them under 18 years old, at an Amish produce farm and was riding home alone when she was shot, Wayne County sheriff's Capt. Douglas Hunter said.

The horse continued to cart the girl after she was shot, and she fell out of the buggy near her home, Holmes County Sheriff Timothy Zimmerly said. Her brother found her after he saw the horse walking in circles and went to check it. Authorities initially believed she had fallen out of the buggy and hit her head until a hospital test revealed the gunshot wound.

Hunter said his department traced a trail of blood along the road for about three-eighths of a mile into Holmes County in an area of farms and rolling hills.

Zimmerly said the gun-cleaner's family came forward and his neighbors reported hearing a shot at about the time the girl was wounded.

The man had fired the gun in the air about 1.5 miles from where Yoder was shot, Zimmerly said. State investigators were checking the rifle for a ballistics match, he said.

"In all probability, it looks like an accidental shooting," Zimmerly said.

No charges have been filed. More here:

Excuse me?  No charges have been filed?  Someone's careless and irresponsible action led to the death of another person and "no charges have been filed?"  Because why?  Because "I didn't mean to?"

As far as I'm concerned they can take that reckless asshole and jail him for the rest of his life.  Anyone who would take such a chance ... recklessly risking the LIVES of other people, needs to be in jail and watched over like the idiot he is ... for life.  People like that don't "learn lessons."  Otherwise the little girl wouldn't be DEAD right now.

Oh woe is us ... if only we had more gun laws to prevent tragedies such as this.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ayuh to that.

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